Prescription Charges and Exemptions
The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successiveGovernments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who canafford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepaymentcertificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensivemedication.
Extensive exemption arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).
From 1 April 2011, the charges are:
- Prescription (per item): £7.65
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
- 3-month PPC: £29.10
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website