Prescription Charges and Exemptions

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. 

From 1 April 2015, the charge is £8.20 per item (£16.40 per pair of elastic hosiery).

Exemptions include:   

  • Men and women over 60 years
  • People under 16 years
  • People under 19 years in full time education
  • Pregnant women and mothers up to one year after birth
  • People on income support or family credit
  • People suffering from epilepsy, diabetes, hypothyroidism, diabetes insipidus, Addison's disease, myasthenia gravis


Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs), also known as 'season tickets', offer real savings for people who need extensive medication. 

From 1 April 2015, the charges are:

£29.10 for 3-month prepayment certificate

This saves you money if you need 4 or more items in 3 months

£104.00 for 12-month prepayment certificate

This saves you money if 14 or more items are needed in 12 months

Further details on how to purchase a PPC are available here.