Many of us assume that we are entitled to free prescriptions, but getting it wrong could cost you. A new campaign from NHS England and NHS Business Service Authority aims to help people understand if they are entitled to free prescriptions and how to claim correctly to avoid penalty charge notices of up to £100.
All you need to do is visit nhs.uk/checkbeforeyoutick to use the eligibility checker. Answering a few simple questions will help you understand if you can tick the box for a free prescription, and what proof you need to show your pharmacists when you’re collecting your prescription, or when it’s being delivered to you.
If you’re not entitled to free prescriptions, there’s other financial help available such as the NHS Low Income Scheme and NHS Prepayment Certificates. To find out more, visit nhs.uk/healthcosts
Did you know that not all benefits entitle you to a free prescription?
Many people are unsure if they are entitled to claim free prescriptions and don’t realise that claiming when you’re not entitled could mean you face a £100 penalty charge notice. To avoid the penalty charge notice all you need to do is Check Before You Tick.
Visit nhs.uk/checkbeforeyoutick and use the new eligibility checker. By answering some simple questions, you’ll be able to find out if you can tick the box for a free prescription and what proof you need to show your pharmacist when you’re collecting your prescription, or when it’s delivered to you.
Maternity exemption certificate
All pregnant women and mums of children up to one-year-old are entitled to free prescriptions. To tick the box and claim your free prescription, all you need to do is make sure that you have a valid Maternity Exemption Certificate. If you claim a free prescription without a certificate, you could face a penalty charge of up to £100.
Your GP or midwife will be able to help you get a Maternity Exemption Certificate. Just ask them for more information. You can find out more about Maternity Exemption Certificates by visiting nhsbsa.nhs.uk/matex