NHS prescriptions: 15 groups of people can benefit from a free prescription eligibility checker | Personal finance | Finance

Some 15 groups of Britons are eligible for help with NHS medical costs, which includes free prescriptions, dental treatment and glasses. This financial support is intended for low-income people and those with certain medical conditions.

At £9.35 per prescription, just relying on a prescription every month could soon add up to over £100 a year.

There has never been a more important time to save money and discounts where possible and one way people could save is to check that they are not paying unnecessarily.

Britons who live with certain medical conditions should automatically receive a Medical Exemption Certificate so they don’t have to pay.

However, anyone can check their entitlement to free prescriptions by going to the NHS website where there is a handy online tool.

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Benefits such as Income Support, Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance and Pension Credit could also mean that a person is entitled to free prescriptions.

Britons are also generally exempt from paying prescriptions when they reach the age of 60.

However, this may change in the next few years as the government is still consulting on increasing this amount based on the statutory retirement age of 66.

If the proposals get the green light, it could mean thousands more people will be forced to pay for prescriptions.

Anyone who is struggling financially but does not qualify for benefits should consider investing in a prepayment certificate (PPC).

A PPC allows people to buy as many NHS prescriptions as they need throughout the year for £108.10.

Although it would save an individual a few pounds if they only relied on one prescription per month, it could save them over £100 if they usually need two.

Alternatively, they could try a £30.25 three-month one first.

Meanwhile, NHS England is reminding patients to check their entitlement to free prescriptions before going to the pharmacy.

He recently launched his “Check Before You Tick” campaign to remind people that they can lose if they get it wrong.

People who claim free NHS prescriptions or dental treatment to which they are not entitled could face a £100 penalty, even if it is in error.

To check, people should use the free prescription checker on the NHS website.

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Meanwhile, NHS England is reminding patients to check their entitlement to free prescriptions before going to the pharmacy.

He recently launched his “Check Before You Tick” campaign to remind people that they can lose if they get it wrong.

People who claim free NHS prescriptions or dental treatment to which they are not entitled could face a £100 penalty, even if it is in error.

To check, people should use the free prescription checker at www.nsh.uk.

Virginia C. Taylor