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NHS 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 those who can afford to pay for their medicines.  The prescription charge is per item prescribed and not per prescription.


Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.




NHS Prescription Charges


Current prescription charges in England are:-

    • Prescription (per item): £8.60p


    • 12 month Pre-Payment Certificate (PPC): £104.00p


    • 3 month Pre-Payment Certificate (PPC): £29.10p
    • Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030


There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website

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