For more information about welfare benefits, call our helpline on 03000 030 555.
Ringing our helpline never costs more than a local call. Lines are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Help with prescription costs
NHS prescription charges have been abolished in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. From April 2017, in England, the cost for each prescription is £8.60.
In England if you are under 16, or under 19 and in full time education, or over 60, you are automatically entitled to free prescriptions.
You may also get free prescriptions if you have a medical exemption certificate because you:
- are pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months
- are a war pensioner being treated for your accepted disability
- are being treated for TB, cancer, the effects of cancer or the effects of cancer treatment
- have a specified physical disability that prevents you leaving home without the help of another person
If you have a low income and your capital is £16,000 or less you may qualify for the Low Income Scheme. This capital rises to £23,250 if you are in a care home.
Prescription prepayment certificate
You can save money by buying a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) if:
- you need 4 or more items in 3 months – the certificate costs £29.10
- you need 12 or more items in a year – the certificate costs £104
You can apply online or call the order line on 0300 300 1341.
What welfare benefits might I be entitled to?
We’ve put together a basic guide to benefits for people living with a lung condition in England, Scotland and Wales.