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HCS 1: Are you entitled to help with health costs?

Descriptionhelp with dental and optical costs
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateMarch 31, 2011


NHS dental treatment • Glasses, contact lenses and eye examinations • Travel to hospital for NHS treatment

DPPAS 11465

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Free NHS dental treatment
NHSoptical vouchers
Repair or replacement of glasses or contact lenses
Travel costs (to hospital for NHS treatment)

Children under 16 and young people in full-time education aged 16, 17 and 18
Other young people

People getting benefits or Tax Credits
Income Support
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Other benefits
Tax Credits
The NHS Low Income Scheme

Pregnant women or women who have had a baby in the previous 12 months
People registered blind or partially sighted
People who have lost or damaged their glasses or contact lenses
People with impaired hearing
People who live in a care home
Young people supported by a local authority after leaving care
NHShospital in-patients
NHShospital dental service patients
NHShospital eye department patients
People who travel to hospital for NHS treatment
People living in the council areas of Highland, Argyll & Bute, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland
War pensioners
People from abroad

Claiming help when you go for treatment
Claiming free dental treatment
NHSvouchers for glasses or contact lenses
Repair or replacement of glasses or contact lenses
Claiming help with travel costs to and from hospital
Information about checks of entitlement
How to claim a refund
NHSdental treatment refunds
Glasses or contact lens refunds
Lost or damaged glasses or contact lenses
Hospital travel costs refunds
The Penalty Charge
Further information
Health costs advice lines
NHSTax Credit Exemption Certificates
Other health advice

Proof of Entitlement Tables
Free NHS dental treatment
Free NHS optical vouchers

Prescription charges were abolished on 1 April 2011. No charge is applied to drugs and appliances dispensed by a community pharmacist or dispensing GP practice. No charge is applied to wigs and fabric supports supplied through a hospital service.

The following items are supplied free:

  • medication administered at a hospital;
  • prescribed contraceptives;
  • medication personally administered by a GP;
  • medication supplied by a hospital for the treatment of a sexually transmissible infection ( STI);
  • medication prescribed for the treatment of tuberculosis ( TB).