Help with Health Costs




Can you get help with your health costs?


Most NHS treatment is free, but there are normally charges for:

  • NHS prescriptions (free to residents in Scotland and Wales)
  • NHS dental treatment
  • Sight tests
  • Glasses and contact lenses
  • Necessary costs of travel to receive NHS treatment
  • NHS wigs and fabric supports, i.e. spinal or abdominal supports or surgical brassieres supplied through a hospital (free to residents in Scotland and Wales). You should check with your hospital for their arrangements for supplying NHS wigs.

You can find information here about:

  • who does not have to pay
  • the help you can get if you are on a low income
  • how to save money if you need lots of prescriptions but have to pay charges. 

Select the group below that most applies to you.  After reading about that group, check to see if any others also apply (you may fit into more than one group).  The information given is for general guidance only and should not be treated as a complete and authorative statement of law.  This is not a definitive guide to the help available.

For more information regarding NHS charging arrangements, read:

For details of current charges and the help available towards glasses and contact lenses read:

  • Leaflet HC12, if you are resident in England
  • if you are resident in Scotland click here and search for HCS2.
  • if you are resident in Wales click here and search for HC12W.