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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.

Check if you're eligible for help

Check if you're entitled to help with NHS costs

Help with NHS prescription costs

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

Help with NHS dental costs

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

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

NHS Low Income Scheme

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

Check if you have an NHS exemption

Check if you have a valid NHS exemption and find out more about the certificates we issue.

NHS Help with Health Costs news

64,000 NHS medical exemption certificate expiry dates extended

25th January 2022

The Department of Health and Social Care have agreed to extend all NHS medical exemption certificates

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Pharmacy teams required to collect signatures on prescription forms

25th January 2022

From 1 September 2021, the temporary suspension of patient signatures was withdrawn and the need for patients

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Changes to the FP10 NHS prescription form

24th January 2020

New prescription forms are being introduced in England to help eligible patients correctly claim free NHS

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