NHS Low Income Scheme


NHS Low Income Scheme


Some people on a low income may qualify for help with NHS charges via the NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS).  Entitlement is based on your circumstances, such as your level of income, savings, etc.

If you qualify for the LIS, it could help you pay for your prescriptions as well as other NHS charges.


How to apply

To apply for the NHS Low Income Scheme you need to fill in an HC1 form (Claim for Help with Health Costs) giving various details of your circumstances and then send it off in the prepaid envelope provided. You then need to send it to the NHS Business Services Authority.

You can download and print the HC1 form here: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/2017-03/HC1_April_2016.pdf

You can obtain an HC1 claim form from Jobcentre Plus offices or most NHS hospitals.  Your doctor, dentist or optician may be able to give you this form too.  You can also get this form by calling 0300 123 0849.

To find out more about the LIS go here: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-low-income-scheme


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Date created: 11/05/18 (V1.0)
Review date: 11/05/20