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 reasonable to charge those who can afford to pay for their medicines.
Currently, from April 2019, the charges are:
- Charge per item: £9.00
- 3 month prescription prepayment certificate (PPC): £29.10
- 12 month PPC: £104.00
A PPC offers real savings for people who need extensive medication. If you are having to purchase four or more items in three months, or more than 14 items in one year, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
There are extensive exemption and remission arrangements to protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges for NHS prescription. There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website.