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 for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
NHS Prescription Charges as of 1st April 2018
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £8.80 (this is an increase of 20p from £8.60 as of 1.4.2018)
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00 (details correct as of 5.3.2018 but please check on PPC website as detailed below)
- 3-month PPC: £29.10 (details correct as of 5.3.2018 but please check on PPC website as detailed below)
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