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Document What exempts me from paying for NHS prescriptions in England?

You are exempt from NHS prescription charges in England if you are:

  • aged 60 or over
  • aged under 16
  • a 16, 17 or 18 year old who is still in full time education
  • named on a valid Medical Exemption certificate
  • named on a valid Maternity Exemption certificate
  • named on, or entitled to, a valid Tax Credit Exemption certificate
  • named on a valid HC2 certificate
  • named on a valid War Pension Exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
  • a NHS hospital in-patient
You are also exempt if you get, or are include in an award of someone getting, one of the following benefits:
  • Income Support
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guaranteed Credit
free prescriptions, free