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.
Automatic exemption applies to patients under the age of 16 and over the age of 60.
Evidence will be requested, by the Dispenser, for all other exemption categories.
If you are unsure whether you are entitled to free prescriptions, pay and ask for a FP57 form from the Dispensary. This must be issued at time of payment, as you cannot get one later. The FP57 tells you about getting a refund.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £9.00
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
- 3-month PPC: £29.10
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website