Find out if you're entitled to free NHS prescriptions, NHS dental treatment and help with other NHS costs using our eligibility checker.
It usually takes 3 minutes to check.
If you claim free NHS prescriptions or NHS dental treatment when you're not entitled, you could face a £100 penalty charge. Even if it's by mistake.
You're entitled to free NHS prescriptions if you:
- get certain benefits
- have a valid maternity exemption certificate
- have a valid medical exemption certificate
- have a valid war pension exemption certificate
- have an HC2 certificate (NHS Low Income Scheme)
- have paid for a prescription prepayment certificate
- are 60 or over
- are under 16 (or 16-18 and in full-time education)
You're entitled to free NHS dental treatment if you're:
- under 18 (or under 19 and in full-time education)
- pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months
- being treated in an NHS hospital and your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist (but you may have to pay for any dentures or bridges)
- receiving certain benefits, or you're aged 19 and under and a dependant of someone receiving certain benefits
- entitled to or named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- entitled to or named on a valid HC2 certificate
Check if your existing exemption certificate is still valid
You could already be entitled to free NHS prescriptions if you have a valid exemption certificate.
Find out if your exemption certificate:
- entitles you to free NHS prescriptions
- is due to expire soon