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 prepayment certificates (PPCs) are available in England and they can save you money.
NHS Prescription costs as of April 1 2013:
- The current prescription charge is £8.80. (£17.60 per pair of elastic hosiery)
- A three monthly PPC is £29.10. This saves you money if you need four or more items in three months.
- A 12 month certificate is £104.00 and saves money if 14 or more items are needed in 12 months.
PPCs are available by 10 monthly direct debit installment payments. The prescription prepayment certificates allow anyone to obtain all the prescriptions they need for £2 per week.
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
There is further information about prescription exemptions, fees and PPCs available on the NHS website.