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.
Prescription charges change annually
- Prescription (per item):
- 3-month prepayment certificate (PPC):
- 12-month PPC:
check the most current prices on NHS England
If you will have to pay for 2 items each month or more prescription items in three months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC. A pre-payment certificate or "season ticket" can be bought on-line or by posting a completed pre-payment application to:
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PPC issue office
PO Box 854
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website