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.
From 1 April 2019, the charges are:
- Prescription (per item): £9.35
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £108.10
- 3-month PPC: £30.25
The cost of the prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) have been frozen for another year. The 3 month PPC remains at £30.25 and the cost of the annual PPC will stay at £104, allowing unlimited prescriptions within a specified time period. PPCs offer savings for those needing four or more items in three months of more than 12 items in one year.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website