Health Care Costs

What will I have to pay for?

The following costs will be charged to all individuals aged 19 and over regardless of nationality or student status unless receiving income support. Students under the age of 19 and in full time education are not required to pay any health care costs.

Prescriptions

If the doctor or nurse you see recommends a course of medication they will usually write a prescription.  Once you have been issued with a prescription you will need to take it to a pharmacy (chemist) to obtain the medication.  The standard charge for each item on the prescription is £7.20.

Dental treatment

If you have any dental treatment within the NHS scheme, you will have to pay a percentage of the cost. If the dentist prescribes any medication, prescription costs will also apply.

Eye tests

All eye tests, glasses and contact lenses will have to be paid for. Costs will vary depending on where the eye test is carried out, what lenses are required and the frames selected.

Can I get help with health care costs?

It is possible to apply for financial help with NHS costs (as listed above) through the Low Income Scheme by completing a HC1 form.  You can request a form by telephoning 08458501166 by emailing lis1@pp9.nhs.uk or the form can be down loaded from the link below.

Prescription Pre-payment Certificates (PPCs) help people who require large quantities or regular prescriptions to reduce the cost if not entitled to free prescriptions.  You can apply for a PPC by completing FP95 form which is available from most chemists, can be requested by telephoning 0845 850 0030 or can be downloaded from the link below.

Health care travel costs will be covered in some circumstances; full details are included in the leaflet HC11-Help with health costs, which can be downloaded from the link below.

Wigs and fabric support will be covered in some circumstances; full details are included in the leaflet HC11-Help with health costs, which can be downloaded from the link below.

More information can be found at http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Pages/Abouthealthcosts.aspx

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