Prescription Charges and Exemptions
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those that may have difficulty in paying any charges due. (These include 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 where people can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPC’s) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
From 1 April 2014, the charges are:
Prescription (per item) £8.05 (£16.10 per pair of elastic hosiery)
A 3 monthly PPC is £29.10 This saves you money if you need four or more items in three months
A 12 monthly certificate is £104 and saves you money if 13 or more items are needed in 12 months
PPC’s are available by 10 monthly direct debit payments.
The following medicines are free:
Medicines administered at a hospital or NHS walk-in centre
Medicines personally administered by a GP
Medicines supplied at a hospital or Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) clinic for the treatment of a sexually transmitted infection or tuberculosis.