Am I entitled to free NHS prescriptions?
You’re eligible for free NHS prescriptions if at the time the prescription is dispensed you’re in one of the following groups:
- aged 60 or over
- under 16 years old
- aged 16 - 18 and in full time education
If you receive one of these benefits below, then you, your partner and any dependent aged under 20 are also entitled to free prescriptions.
- income Support
- income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
You are entitled to free NHS prescriptions if you or your partner receive:
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit with Savings Credit
If you’re receiving Pension Credit Savings Credit alone, or contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance then you can apply for help with prescription costs through the NHS Low Income Scheme.
You are entitled to free NHS prescriptions if you receive:
- Universal Credit and meet the criteria
If you're entitled to or named on:
- a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate.
You qualify for this if you get Child Tax Credits, Working Tax Credits including a disability element (or both), and your annual family income for tax credit purposes is £15,276 or less.
You can apply to the NHS Low Income Scheme for one of the below certificates:
- a valid HC2 certificate, for full help with health costs including NHS prescription charges
- named on a HC3 certificate, but this is only for partial help with health costs and does not entitle you to free NHS prescriptions
You qualify for free prescriptions if you:
- are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
- have specific medical condition and have a valid medication exemption certificate (MedEx)
- have a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
- Medication given to NHS hospital inpatients is always free
- all contraception that is prescribed on an NHS prescription is free