The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication
From 1st April 2020, the charges are:
- Prescription (per item): £9.15
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £105.90 or 10 months direct debit of £10.59
- 3-month PPC: £29.65
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.