Debt Management and Cost of Living

Medical costs

Patients often need to pay towards the cost of prescriptions, dental care, eye care and wigs and fabric supports but there are exemptions for those:

  • under 16
  • 16,17,18 in full time education
  • over 65
  • receive Income Support or Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • prescription prepayment certificate (PPC)
  • medical exemption certificate
  • maternity exemption certificate
  • HC2 certificate (full help through the Low Income Scheme)
  • tax credit exemption certificate

Find out more about the Low Income Scheme.

If you're referred to hospital or other NHS premises for specialist NHS treatment or diagnostic tests by a doctor, dentist or another primary care health professional, you may be able to claim a refund of reasonable travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS).

Find out more about the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme.

A personal health budget allows you to manage your healthcare and support such as treatments, equipment and personal care, in a way that suits you. It works in a similar way to personal budgets, which allow people to manage and pay for their social care needs. 

Find out more about the Personal Health Budget.