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Prescription 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 their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.

NHS charges

  • Prescription (per item): £9.15
  • 3 month Prepayment Certificate (PPC): £29.65
  • 12 month Prepayment Certificate (PPC): £105.90
If you will need 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. The charge for a single prescription item is £9.15, whereas a three month PPC will cost you £29.65 and a 12 month PPC £105.90.

PPC telephone advice line: 0300 330 134

Buy or renew a PPC online

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website.