Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions with effect from 1st April 2017
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.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £8.60
- 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
Benefits of an NHS Prepayment Card
The prepayment card currently costs £104.00 a year, payable in one lump sum or by direct debit of £10.40 for ten months (two months of no payment).
The individual cost of a prescription has now increased to £8.60 per item.
There are thirteen “28 day periods” in a calendar year.
13 x £8.60 = £111.80
(a prepayment card is already going to save you £7.80)
If you have any further unexpected prescriptions
e.g. Antibiotics, these are also covered by your prepayment card.
If you currently pay for more than one item a month, the following may apply to you;
2 items per month would be a saving to you of £119.60 a year.
3 items per month would be a saving to you of £231.40 a year.
4 items per month would be a saving to you of £343.20 a year.
Please ask a member of staff for more details.