Prescription Prepayment Certificates

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Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPC) can be obtained in England.  The certificate will cover the cost of all your prescriptions during a particular period. It may be worth doing this if you don’t qualify for an exemption certificate and pay for more than 3 prescriptions in three months or more than thirteen in a year.

A PPC costs £29.65 for 3 months and £105.90 for 12 months (March 2020).  You can pay for a PPC by 10 monthly direct debit instalments which means that you could obtain all the prescriptions you need for just over £2 per week. 

Apply for a PPC

  • buy a PPC online (pay by debit card or credit card)
  • call 0300 330 1341 (pay by debit card or credit card)
  • apply at your local pharmacy (not available by direct debit but you can pay by cheque or postal order)

If you pay a prescription charge whilst waiting for a Prescription Prepayment Certificate to be issued, you can get a refund but this depends on the length of the PPC and when and how circumstances change.

Read more about Prescription Prepayment Certificates or phone the helpline on 0300 330 1341

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