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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 real savings for people who need extensive medication.

The prescription charge as from 1 April 2014 is £8.05 per item.    If you are taking several regular medicines it may be more cost effective to consider purchasing a prepayment certificate (PPC). There are 4 ways you can obtain a prescription prepayment certificate:

  • online  – complete and submit a PPC (FP95) application form on the NHS Business Services Authority website and pay by debit or credit card
  • by phone  – 0300 330 1341, and pay by debit or credit card 
  • by post  – pick up an FP95 application form from any GP surgery or pharmacy or download and print the form (PDF, 52kb), then send the completed form with your cheque, postal order, credit card or debit card details to the address shown on the form 
  • at a registered pharmacy  – you can buy a PPC at a registered pharmacy using the FP95 application form (see above); check if your local pharmacist is registered (PDF, 166kb) (you don't need to complete payment details on the form, as you can pay the pharmacy directly)

Prepayment Certificate Prices:

  • 3 Months – £  29.10
  • 12 Months – £104.00

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