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 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.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item) (from 1 April 2018): £8.80
- 3-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £29.10
- 12-month PPC: £104.00
If you have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
You can pay in 10 monthly instalments if you buy a 12 month PPC.
How to buy
You can buy PPCs online or call the order line and pay by debit or credit card.
PPC order line: 0300 330 1341
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website