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NHS Help with Health Costs

Although most NHS treatment is free, there are still some costs you might need to pay, for example, to get your prescriptions or to travel to your hospital appointment.

Find out how you could get help to pay for these health costs.

Help with NHS prescription costs

NHS prescription charges

Includes who's entitled to free NHS prescriptions, refunds and prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs)

Help with NHS dental costs

NHS dental charges

Includes current charges and what they cover, who’s entitled to free treatment and how to claim refunds

Help with travel, eye care, wigs and fabric support costs

Travel, optical, wigs and fabric supports

Includes help paying for hospital travel, sight tests, glasses, contact lenses, NHS wigs and surgical supports

NHS Low Income Scheme

NHS Low Income Scheme

Includes what's covered, who can apply, how to apply and renewing and replacing your HC2 or HC3 certificate

Exemption certificates

Exemption certificates

Help for pregnant women, new mothers, people with medical conditions and people getting tax credits

NHS Help with Health Costs news

Changes To Proof Of Exemption

21st February 2018

Plastic cards as proof of exemption from prescription charges will soon be phased out and replaced with paper

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Changes to the maternity exemption certificate

11th January 2017

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) is responsible for administering the maternity exemption

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