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



You get free:

  • all NHS treatment;
  • wigs and fabric supports supplied while in hospital (including spinal or abdominal supports and surgical brassieres);
  • glasses or contact lenses supplied through the hospital eye department (you must choose the cheapest glasses frame available. If you choose a more expensive one, except for medical reasons, you will have to pay the difference);
  • medication to take home with you when you leave hospital.

If you ask a dentist or optician to visit you in hospital, you will have to pay the cost in the normal way, as if you were being treated at their practice. Read here to see if you are in a group that can get free NHS dental treatment or an NHS voucher towards your glasses.