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.
NHS charges - current charges for England only
- Prescription (per item): £9.35
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £108.10
- 12 month certificate by Direct Debit - 10 monthly installments of £10.40
- 3-month PPC: £30.25
What you should consider is that If you have to pay for 4 or more prescription items in three months, or more than 14 items in a year, you may find it cheaper to buy a Prepayment certificate.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website