Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).
The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
NHS prescription charge in England increased to £8.40 for each quantity of a drug or appliance from 1 April 2016.
However, for the next two years the cost of a Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) will remain at £29.10 for a 3 month certificate. The cost of the annual certificate will remain at £104.
PPCs offer savings for those needing 4 or more items in 3 months or 13 or more items in one year.
PPC telephone advice and order line 0300 330 1341
General Public - Buy or Renew a PPC On-line
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website