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Getting benefits

Only certain benefits entitle you to help with NHS costs.

In Scotland or Wales, NHS prescriptions are already free. You're also entitled to free NHS dental check ups and NHS sight tests in Scotland, and free NHS dental check ups up until your 25th birthday in Wales.

Income-based benefits

If you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

You are entitled to:

  • free NHS prescriptions
  • free NHS dental treatment
  • free NHS sight tests
  • free NHS wigs and fabric supports
  • help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses
  • help towards travel costs to receive NHS treatment

Your partner and any dependants aged 19 and under who are included in your award also get the same help.


Tax credits

If you have an income used to calculate your tax credits of £15,276 or less, and get any of these tax credits:

  • Child Tax Credit,
  • Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit paid together
  • Working Tax Credit including a disability element or severe disability element

You are entitled to:

  • free NHS prescriptions
  • free NHS dental treatment
  • free NHS Sight tests
  • free NHS wigs and fabric supports
  • help towards the cost of new glasses or contact lenses
  • help towards the cost of repairing or replacing your glasses or contact lenses

Your partner and any dependants aged 19 and under who are named on your claim also get the same help.

Getting Working Tax Credit only or an income over £15,276

If you get Working Tax Credit only, or have an income over £15,276, you don't automatically get help paying NHS costs.

You could still get help through the Low Income Scheme (HC2 or HC3 certficate).


Universal Credit

If you get Universal Credit, what you are entitled to depends on your earnings in the last assessment period. 

If your earnings were:

  • £435 or less
  • £935 or less if you get an element for a child or have limited capability for work

You get:

  • free NHS prescriptions
  • free NHS dental treatment
  • free NHS sight tests
  • free NHS wigs and fabric supports
  • help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses
  • help towards travel costs to receive NHS treatment

Pension Credits

If you or your partner gets:

  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit with Savings Credit

You are entitled to:

  • free NHS prescriptions
  • free NHS dental treatment
  • free NHS sight tests
  • free NHS wigs and fabric supports
  • help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses
  • help towards travel costs to receive NHS treatment

If you get Pension Credit Savings Credit on its own, you are not automatically entitled to free NHS prescriptions.

You could still get help through the Low Income Scheme (HC2 or HC3 certficate).


Benefits with similar names and other benefits

If you get:

  • contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance

You are not automatically entitled to free NHS prescriptions.

You could still get help through the Low Income Scheme (HC2 or HC3 certficate).