Do I need to pay for prescriptions?

You don't have to pay for prescriptions in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland whatever your age or circumstances.

If you live in England, your prescriptions should be free if one of the following applies to you:

  • you are under 16
  • you are under 18 and in full-time education
  • you are aged 60 or over
  • you receive certain means-tested benefits.

You will still need to meet these criteria to receive free prescriptions if you have sight loss. Being registered as severely sight impaired (blind) or sight impaired (partially sighted) does not automatically entitle you to free prescriptions.

Find out more about who else can get free prescriptions and help with NHS costs.

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