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Prescription charges


Rules about prescription charges are set by the Department of Health. Here are some of the key points.

The current cost of a prescription is £8.60

Free prescriptions

Certain groups of people are entitled to free prescriptions. This includes:

  • People aged 0-15 or aged 16-18 in full-time education
  • People aged 60 years old or over
  • People receiving income support, income-based job seekers allowance or some other benefits
  • People with certain medical conditions can obtain a Medical Exemption Certificate
  • Pregnant women can obtain a Maternity Exemption Certificate
  • People on low income can apply for 'certificate HC2'.

Some other groups are eligible too.

For more information please see NHS Choices: information about prescription charges


Prepayment certificates

If you need regular medication but can't get free prescriptions, then it may be cheaper to buy a prepayment certificate. See NHS Choices: information about prepayment certificate

 

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