Prescription 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.


The prescription charge in England is:

  • £9.15 per item*

If you regularly pay prescription charges, a Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) could save you money, as it lets you get as many NHS prescriptions as you need for a set price.

A PPC costs:

  • £29.65 for 3 months
  • £105.90 for 12 months

You can buy or renew a PPC online here.  (Alternatively you can call 0300 330 1341)

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

*These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

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