Prescription Fees

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.

Common medications such as paracetamol, creams, antihistamines, bath emollients and aid for stomach concerns such as constipation are available to buy over the counter, and may be cheaper to be purchased this way.