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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 savings for people who have regular repeat medication.

Save money on NHS prescriptions by prepaying for them.

You can pay a set price for prescriptions for 3 or 12 months, no matter how many you need.

A prescription costs £8.80 per item, but prepaying for an unlimited number of prescriptions is:

  • £29.10 for 3 months
  • £104 for 12 months (or 10 Direct Debit instalments of £10.40)

It's easy to buy a PPC. You can:

  • buy online, visit GOV.UK for more information
  • phone on 0300 330 1341
  • fill in form FP95 which you can get from your pharmacy
  • some pharmacies sell them direct
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