Help with health costs and prescriptions
Prescription Prepayment Certificates
Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPC) are available in England and can save you money.
If you know you have to pay for a lot of NHS prescriptions it might be cheaper to buy a prescription prepayment certificate. They act like a prescription 'season ticket'.
Free NHS prescriptions
People with certain medical conditions can get free NHS prescriptions.
NHS Low Income Scheme
If you are on a low income, you may be able to get financial help through the NHS Low Income Scheme.
NHS England Prescription Costs (external link)
Personal Health Budgets
Personal Health Budgets have been introduced to enable people to play an active role in managing their health and to work with health professionals as an equal partner to achieve their healthcare goals and aspirations.
They give children, young people and their families the opportunity to use their budgets in new innovative ways rather than from a traditional NHS service.
A personal health budget is designed to give children and young people with disabilities and their families’ choice, flexibility and control over their own health and wellbeing.
There are three ways you can receive your budget.
- Payment is made directly to you
- A third party holds the budget for you
- The NHS holds your budget
Or a combination of these options, for example: a family may wish for the agency they had chosen to hold the budget as a third party for some of their care needs and the remainder of the budget to stay within the NHS as a notional budget for their nursing care needs.
Phone: 020 3688 1000
NHS Personal Health Budget support team e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more on the NHS Choices Personal Budgets page (external link)
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- Benefit entitlements
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