NHS Charges and Exemptions

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.

Some items are always free of charge. Contraceptives for example.

Charges for some specialist items such as hosiery and wigs may have a higher charge.

Charges are applied per item on your prescription regardless of the number of packs per item).

Charges apply only in England. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

The NHS Website contains Charges and Exemptions information on: