The categories below show the reasons why you may not need to pay for your NHS prescriptions.
The NHS will cover the cost of your prescriptions if you are:
- 60 or over
- Under 16
- 16-18 and in full-time education.
The NHS will cover the cost of your prescriptions if you receive:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, also known as Employment and Support Allowanc
- Pension credit guarantee credit
- Universal credit and meet the criteria outlined by the NHS.
The NHS will cover the cost of your prescriptions if you have a valid exemption certificate. These include:
- Maternity exemption certificate
- Medical exemption certificate
- NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate
- HC2 certificate (NHS Low Income Scheme certificate for full help with health costs)
- War pension exemption certificate and your prescription is for your accepted disability.
If you have a prescription pre-payment certificate (PPC) which covers all your NHS prescription costs.
Prescribed contraceptives are free.