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Prescription Costs

Prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) are available in England and they can save you money.

The current prescription charge is £7.65 for each item of medication written on the prescription.

From 1 April 2012 a three monthly PPC is £29.10. This saves you money if you need four or more items in three months.

A 12 month certificate is £104.00 and saves money if 15 or more items are needed in 12 months.

PPCs are available by 10 monthly direct debit instalment payments. The prescription prepayment certificates allow anyone to obtain all the prescriptions they need for £2 per week.

You can find our more details on PPCs and how to apply for one at:

An explanation of how to claim a refund of your Prescription Prepayment Certificate fee if you are eligible can be found in leaflet HC11: Help with health costs HC11 Form in English (PDF). You can also obtain the leaflet from the DH publications order line on 0845 610 1112.

Help with Prescription Charges

You can find more information on help with prescription charges, plus also which patients are exempt from these charges here.

Help with healthcare costs whilst in Europe can be obtained by applying for the European Health Insurance Card – Apply for a EHIC

Telephone Helplines

If you are unable to access the above internet sites, or are having problems completing the online forms involved, then you can telephone the below NHS Business Services telephone helplines for advice:

Prescription prepayment certificates: Phone – 0300 330 1341

Claims for help with prescription charges because of low income: Phone – 0300 330 1343

Medical exemptions for free prescriptions: Phone – 0300 330 1341

If you are unsure as to whether you are entitled to help with health costs via tax credits, contact HM Revenue and Customs on:  0845 300 3900