Prescription charges and exemptions

Extensive exemption a remission arrangements protect those who are likely to have difficulties paying for NHS prescriptions, dental, optical and hospital travel costs.

NHS charges

The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive governments have thought it to be reasonable to charge those who can afford to pay for their medication. These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per-item): £9.35
  • 3-month pre-payment certificate: £30.25
  • 12-month pre-payment certificate: £108.10

Prescription pre-payment plans offer real savings for people who need extensive medication. For further information on who can get free prescriptions click here, and for more information on prescription pre-payment certificate click here.

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