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.
From 1st April 2019, the charges are:
- Prescription (per item): £9.15
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £105.90 (Direct Debit Payments)
- 3-month pre payment certificate (PPC): £29.65
If you will have to pay for 4 or more prescription items in three months, or more than 13 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a Prescription Prepayment Certificate. The charge for a single prescription item is £9.15, whereas a three month PPC will cost you £29.65 and a 12 month PPC £105.90.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website