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 2021
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £9.35 (this is an increase of 20p from £9.35 as of 1.4.2021)
The price of a three-month PPC will become £30.25 (an increase of 60 pence) and a 12-month PPC will be £108.10 (an increase of £2.20). PPCs offer savings for those needing four or more items in three months, or 12 or more items in a year.
|Prescription charge type||Current charge (up to 31st March 2021)||New charge (1st April 2021 onwards)|
|Single charge (per prescription item)||£9.35||£9.35|
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website