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Document Does my NHS exemption certificate entitle me to Help with Health Costs?

What Help with Health Costs you're entitled to is determined by which NHS exemption certificate you hold.

NHS Maternity exemption certificate

A Maternity exemption certificate entitles you to free NHS prescriptions only.

Being pregnant also entitles you to free NHS dental treatment which is available until your baby turns 1 year old, however, it's the pregnancy, not the actual certificate, that entitles you to the dental treatment.


NHS Medical Exemption certificate

A Medical exemption certificate entitles you to free NHS prescriptions only.

You can view more information about which medical conditions entitle you on our website.


NHS Tax Credit Exemption certificate

If you've received an NHS Tax Credit Exemption certificate, you've been awarded full help with your health costs.

You're entitled to:
  • Free NHS prescriptions
  • Free NHS dental treatment
  • Free NHS sight tests
  • A voucher towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses
  • Free NHS wigs and fabric supports (whenever we say ‘fabric supports’ we mean spinal or abdominal supports or surgical brassieres supplied through a hospital)
You can also get help with travel costs:
  • In England, travel to receive NHS treatment if referred by a doctor or dentist
  • In Scotland, travel to a hospital to receive necessary NHS treatment
  • In Wales, travel to receive NHS treatment whilst under the care of a consultant
In all instances, you cannot claim towards the cost of travelling to visit your GP or dentist for a routine appointment or check up.

Check what help you could get to pay for NHS costs
You can check what help you could get on our website.
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