Document Which benefits entitle me to free NHS prescriptions?

You're entitled to a free NHS prescription if you get, or are included in an award of someone getting, one of the following benefits at the time you collect it:
  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Universal Credit (in certain circumstances only)

Benefits that don't entitle you

Although this list is not exhaustive you're not automatically entitled to receive free NHS prescriptions if you get, or are included in an award of someone getting, one of the following:
  • Contribution based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Contribution based Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Tax Credits (unless you hold a valid Tax Credit Exemption certificate)
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit
  • Universal Credit (if you do not meet the additional criteria)
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Housing Benefit
  • New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) 
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Any type of pension

Check what help you could get to pay for NHS costs
You can check what help you could get on our website.
benefits exempt, qualifying benefit
See also...

Need more help?

If this doesn't answer your question please contact us directly or search again. Search Again

Does this answer your question?