Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
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.
From 1 April 2020, the NHS prescription charge will increase by 15p from £9.00 to £9.15 for each quantity of a drug or appliance. PCC charges have changed:
The cost of prescription pre-payment certificates (PPCs) has also increased, with the price of a three-month PPC at £29.65 (an increase of 55 pence) and a 12-month PPC at £105.90 (an increase of £1.90). PPCs offer savings for those needing four or more items in three months, or 12 or more items in a year.
Prescription charge type
Previous charge (up to 31st March 2020)
New charge (1st April 2020 onwards)
Single charge (per prescription item)
The Government states that these increases are in line with inflation.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website