Are you claiming free NHS prescriptions? Check before you tick (BSL Information)
28
December

By Paul Henry / in , , , , , , , , , /


Are you claiming free prescriptions? Don’t assume you’re entitled. You could have to pay up to £100 –
as well as your prescription charge. Check before you tick. Information from the NHS. You may be entitled to free
prescriptions because of your age, if you are on certain benefits or
if you have a particular certificate. We tell you more about this now. You’re entitled to free
prescriptions if you’re: under 16 16, 17, or 18 and
in full-time education 60 or over Students aged 19 and over aren’t automatically entitled
to free prescriptions, but can apply for help through
the NHS Low Income Scheme. We will tell you more
about this shortly. Not all benefits entitle you
to free prescriptions. Check which type of benefit you get before you tick the back
of your prescription. You’re entitled to free prescriptions
if you are named on a claim for: Income Support income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance income-related Employment
and Support Allowance Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
paid on its own, or Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit
with Savings Credit) certain Tax Credits –
we tell you more about this in the ‘NHS Tax Credit Exemption
Certificate’ section Universal Credit –
but only if your earnings in your last assessment period
were £435 or less, or £935 or less if you get
an element for a child or have limited capability for work You’re not entitled
to free prescriptions if you are named on a claim for: contribution-based Jobseeker’s
Allowance, paid on its own contribution-based Employment and
Support Allowance, paid on its own Pension Credit (Savings Credit),
paid on its own any benefit paid on its own and
not listed in the previous section (such as Disability Living Allowance,
Personal Independence Payment or Incapacity Benefit) You’re entitled to free
NHS prescriptions if you have one of these certificates
and it is still valid. NHS maternity exemption certificate – If you’re pregnant or have given birth
in the previous 12 months you can claim free prescriptions, but only if you have a valid
maternity exemption certificate. Ask your doctor, midwife
or health visitor how to apply. NHS medical exemption certificate – If you have a medical condition
or physical disability, you are only entitled
to claim free prescriptions if you have a valid
medical exemption certificate. To find out if your condition
will qualify you for a certificate, check the full list of accepted
conditions on the following website or check with your doctor. If you’re eligible for a medical
exemption certificate, ask your doctor how to apply. Go to: NHS Tax Credit
Exemption Certificate – You will automatically
be sent this certificate if your annual family income
used to work out your tax credits is £15,276 or less and you get: Child Tax Credit Working Tax Credit
including a disability element Child Tax Credit and
Working Tax Credit paid together An NHS Tax Credit
Exemption Certificate is valid for up to 7 months. Your partner and any young people
included in your claim will be entitled to free prescriptions
while your certificate is valid. For more information go to: HC2 certificate
(full help with health costs) – If you have applied to the
NHS Low Income Scheme and been issued
with an HC2 certificate you are entitled
to free prescriptions. Your partner and any dependant
children under 19 named on your claim will also be entitled
to free prescriptions while the certificate is valid. Make sure you know
the expiry date of the certificate. An HC3 certificate
(partial help with health costs) does not entitle you
to free prescriptions. For more information about
the scheme and how to apply go to: War pension exemption certificate – If you have a war pension
exemption certificate, you are entitled to free prescriptions that relate to your
accepted disability. To apply for a certificate,
contact Veterans UK: If you have an exemption certificate or prescription prepayment
certificate (PPC), check the expiry date before
claiming free NHS prescriptions. If you’re included
in a benefits claim, check that your benefit entitles you. If you know that you’re not entitled
to free prescriptions, or your exemption certificate or PPC
has expired, don’t claim. Pharmacy staff will tell you
how much you need to pay. If you claim free prescriptions
that you’re not entitled to, you could have to pay up to £100, as well as the original
prescription charge. If you’re not sure whether you’re
entitled to free prescriptions (or you’re waiting to find out)
you should pay and ask pharmacy staff for an
NHS receipt (This is form FP57). If you find out later that
you are entitled and have proof, you can apply for a refund. The NHS receipt
will tell you what to do. Make sure you tick the right box
on the back of the prescription. If someone else collects
the prescription on your behalf, make sure they know which box to tick. If pharmacy staff ask for proof
that you don’t have to pay, you can show your benefit
entitlement or award letter, or your exemption certificate. You may be able to get help
with the cost of your prescriptions and other NHS charges
through the NHS Low Income Scheme. You can apply if your savings,
investments or property (not including where you live)
are no more than £16,000, or no more than £23,250 if you
permanently live in a care home. Find out more and how to apply at: If you get regular prescriptions,
you could save money by buying a prescription
prepayment certificate (PPC). A PPC lets you get as many
NHS prescriptions as you need for a set price. It is valid for either 3 months
or 12 months, depending on the type of PPC you buy. You can find the current prices
on the website. How to buy a PPC: You can also buy PPCs
over the counter at some pharmacies. A list is available on the website. These medications
are free for everyone: prescribed contraceptives medicines supplied at an NHS clinic
or hospital for the treatment of: a mental disorder (for people with a
supervised community treatment order) tuberculosis any medicine administered
at an NHS hospital You can answer
a few questions online to find out what help you could get
with the cost of your prescriptions and other NHS charges. It takes less than 5 minutes. Go to:


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