Prescriptions Charges and ExemptionsOnce you are 19 you will not automatically be eligible for free prescriptions. You can apply for a low-income exemption certificate by filling in form HC1. This form is available from reception, Student Welfare, Post Offices or the Social Security. If you have frequent medications and are not entitled to free prescriptions you may want to consider buying a prepayment certificate. Ask at a pharmacy or Post Office for details.
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 ChargesThese charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £8.60
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
- 3-month PPC: £29.10
- Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
- General Public – Buy or Renew a PPC On-line