NHS Help with Health Costs

Most NHS treatment is free, but there are still some costs you might need to pay for such as prescriptions, dental treatment, sight tests, glasses, wigs and fabric supports. You may be entitled to help with these charges.

Prescription charges

You do not have to pay for prescriptions if you are in one of the following categories;

  • aged under 16;
  • aged under 19 and in full-time education;
  • in receipt of income-related employment and support allowance, income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance or pension credit guarantee credit;
  • awarded universal credit, either as a single claimant or as one of joint claimants and one of the following applies:

Dental charges

Dentists can provide private dental treatment or NHS dental treatment and many provide a combination of both. You can get free NHS dental treatment (including check-ups, fillings, extractions and provision of dentures) if any one of the following applies.

  • aged under 18;
  • aged under 19 and in full-time education;
  • getting child tax credit or working tax credit and are named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate;
  • an NHS in-patient and the treatment is carried out by a hospital dentist;
  • pregnant or have had a baby during the last twelve months;

NHS sight tests

You can get free sight tests if you fit into any one of the following categories. You are:

  • aged under 16;
  • aged under 19 and in full-time education;
  • getting child tax credit or working tax credit and are named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate;
  • an NHS hospital in-patient;
  • registered blind, severely sight impaired, sight impaired or partially sighted;
  • in receipt of income-related employment and support allowance, income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance or pension credit guarantee credit;
  • prescribed complex or powerful glasses with at least one lens which has a power in any one meridian of plus or minus 10 or more dioptres or is a prism-controlled bifocal lens;
  • a patient of the Hospital Eye Service;
  • a diagnosed glaucoma patient;
  • advised by an ophthalmologist that you are at risk of glaucoma;
  • a diagnosed diabetic;

Read more on help with health costs on the the NHS website.