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.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £9.65
- 3-month PPC: £31.25 The 3-month PPC will save you money if you need more than 3 prescribed items in 3 months.
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £111.60 - The 12-month PPC will save you money if you need more than 11 prescribed items in a year.
How much can I save?
If you need:
- 2 items each month – you can save £116.30 with a 12-month PPC
- 3 items each month – you can save £228.50 with a 12-month PPC
- 4 items each month – you can save £340.70 with a 12-month PPC
There are several payment options available. If you choose the 12-month PPC, you can pay for this upfront, or by 10 monthly direct debit instalments.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website