Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

Some people are entitled to free prescriptions because of their age, income or medical condition. You are eligible for free NHS prescriptions if you:
  • are aged 60 or over
  • are aged under 16
  • are aged 16 to 18 and in full-time education
  • have a medical exemption certificate because your condition is on the list, you or your partner are on Income Support, or you can qualify via other benefits or tax credits

For current costs and to find out if you're eligible for free prescriptions, read about help with health costs.

Save money on your prescription costs

If you can't get free prescriptions, there is another way to save money.

A Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) is a kind of prescription charge season ticket. It covers you for all of your own NHS prescription charges, no matter how many items you need.

It's easy to buy a PPC. You can:

  • buy online – visit GOV.UK for more information
  • phone 0300 330 1341
  • fill in form FP95, which you can get from your pharmacy
  • some pharmacies sell them direct

NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS)

This scheme can help you with NHS costs, including:

  • prescription costs
  • dental treatment
  • eyesight tests and eyecare costs
  • wigs, fabric supports
  • cost of travel to NHS appointments

If you are on a low income, you can get help by visiting the NHS Low Income Scheme website.

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