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Help with health costs

If you are on a low income, or receiving certain benefits or tax credits, you may be entitled to full or partial help towards NHS costs


Free NHS benefits

If you are getting one of the following means tested benefits, then you can get full help with NHS health costs:

  • Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not contribution based)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit

If you get Working Tax Credits, then you may be eligible for an NHS vergi kredisi muafiyet sertifikası, which entitles you to full help with NHS health costs.

Help with NHS health costs can include:

If you are aged 60 and over, then you can get free prescriptions and NHS eye tests regardless of your income.

Low income

If you do not receive one of the qualifying benefits listed above but have a low income, then you may be able to get ‘full’ or ‘partial’ help towards NHS health costs through the NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS). You can apply for the scheme if your savings, investments or property (not counting the place where you live) do not exceed the capital limit.

In England, this is:

  • £23,250 for people who live permanently in a care home
  • £16,000 for everyone else

Depending on your individual circumstances, you will either receive ‘full help’ (through an HC2 certificate) or ‘partial help’ (through an HC3 certificate). To apply for an HC2 certificate, you should complete an HC1 form, which is available from Jobcentre Plus offices and most NHS hospitals. You can also get an HC1 form by calling 0845 610 1112.


The NHS is structured differently in Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland. To find out more about help with health costs in each nation, click the relevant button below.

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  1. i was getting free preciptions i am on a low income my card has just run out first october i have two childrean under five do i still qualify i earn 18000 a year

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