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.

NHS Charges from April 2020

This year, we have increased the prescription charge by 15 pence from £9.00 to £9.15 for each medicine or appliance dispensed. To ensure that those with the greatest need, and who are not already exempt from the charge, are protected we have frozen the cost of the prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) for another year. The 3-month PPC will increase to £29.10 and the cost of the annual PPC will increase to £105.90. Taken together, this means prescription charge income is expected to rise broadly in line with inflation.

Details of the revised charges for 2020 to 2021 can be found below.

Prescription charges

Single charge: £9.15

3-month PPC (no change): £29.65

12-month PPC (no change): £105.90