Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) can save you money if you pay for more than three items in three months, or 11 items in 12 months.
Do you live with any long-term conditions?
If you’re on low income, you could be entitled for help with costs or free prescriptions through the PPC scheme, depending on your circumstances.
The prescription charge in England is £9.65 per item. A PPC costs:
- £31.25 for 3 months
- £111.60 for 12 months
Check your eligibility
Checks are made on free NHS prescriptions to prevent and detect fraud and error. If you claim free prescriptions you’re not entitled to, you could have to pay a penalty charge of up to £100.
Who can get free prescriptions ?
You can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:
- are 60 or over
- are under 16
- are 16 to 18 and in full-time education
- are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
- have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
- have a continuing physical disability that prevents you going out without help from another person and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
- hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
- are an NHS inpatient
- and more. Find out here