Claiming Free Prescriptions and Prescription Prepayment Certificate’s

You can claim free prescriptions if you meet any of the following criteria:-
  • are 60 or over
  • are under 16
  • are 16-18 and in full-time education
  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
  • have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
  • have a continuing physical disability that prevents you from going out without help from another person and have a valid MedEx
  • hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
  • are an NHS inpatient
    You can also claim free prescriptions if you or your partner are named on, or are entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate or a valid HC2 certificate.
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Universal Credit
    Prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) are available in England and they can save you money.
  • The current prescription charge is £8.40 per item (£16.80 per pair of elastic hosiery).
  • A three monthly PPC is £29.10 and could save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months.
  • A 12-month certificate is £104.00 and could save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year.

    For further information regarding the above, please read the ‘Claiming Free Prescriptions?’ booklet or go to