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.
Most adults in England have to pay prescription charges.
Some items are always free, including contraceptives and medicines prescribed for hospital inpatients.
The current prescription charge is £9.65 per item
A prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) could save you money on NHS prescription costs:
a 3-month prepayment certificate PPC costs £31.25
a 12-month prepayment certificate PPC is £111.10
Support stockings are charged per stocking
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.
Telephone advice and order line: 0300 330 1341
General Public – Buy or Renew a PPC On-line
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website