Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
The NHS prescription charge for each item is a flat-rate amount which the government charges for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPC), commonly known as "season tickets", offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
The Department of Health requires you to make a declaration on the reverse of your prescription, either to say that you have paid the current charge, or are exempt on one or more specific grounds. A false declaration is fraud, and makes you liable to prosecution.
Exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).
From 1 April 2020, the charges are:
- Prescription (per item): £9.15
- 3-month PPC: £29.65
- 12-month PPC: £105.90
If you will have to pay for 4 or more prescription items in 3 months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a Prescription Pre-payment Certificate (PPC).
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website