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Why am I exempt from payment?

The categories below show the reasons why you may not need to pay for your NHS prescriptions.
 
Age
The NHS will cover the cost of your prescriptions if you are:
  •  60 or over
  • Under 16 
  • 16-18 and in full-time education.
 
Benefits
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.
Certificates
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.
Pre-payment
If you have a prescription pre-payment certificate (PPC) which covers all your NHS prescription costs.
 
Contraceptives
Prescribed contraceptives are free. 
 
 

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