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 ongoing or extensive medication.
From 1 April 2017, the charges are:
- Prescription (per item): £8.80
- 3-month PPC: £29.10 (this saves you money if you need 4 or more items in three months)
- 12-month PPC: £104.00 (this saves you money if you need 14 or more items in twelve months)
Telephone advice and order line: 0300 330 341
General Public – Buy or Renew a PPC On-line
There is further information about prescription charge exemptions and fees on the NHS website