Help with health costs (HCS2): quick guide - August 2021 (2022)

A Quick Guide To Help With Health Costs

Can I Get Help With Health Costs?

Young People

Are you aged 16, 17 or 18 and in qualifying full-time education?

If the answer is YES, then you are entitled to the following NHS items and services free of charge:

  • NHS Dental Treatment (young people under 18 do not have to be in education
    to qualify)
  • Voucher towards the costs of glasses or contact lenses.

Are you aged under 26 but do not fall into any of the other categories in this leaflet?

If the answer is YES, then you are entitled to NHS Dental Treatment free of charge.

People Receiving Benefits

Are you included in an award of:

  • Income Support?
  • Universal Credit?
    • And had no earnings or net earnings (take-home pay) of £435 or less during the most recent assessment period;* or
    • Which includes an element for a child and/or limited capability for work or limited capability for work related activity, and had no earning (take-home pay) or net earnings of £935 or less during the most recent assessment period.*
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance?
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance?
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit? or
  • Do you have an NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate?

* Your assessment period will run for a calendar month from the date of your claim for Universal Credit (which will be shown on your award notice), and between the same dates each month after that.

If the answer is YES to any of the opposite then you are entitled to the following:

  • Free NHS Dental Treatment
  • Vouchers towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses
  • A refund of any reasonable amount spent on travel to receive treatment at an NHS hospital.
  • To claim your entitlement when you have your treatment, tell the practitioner which benefit you are in receipt of. The practitioner will then ask you for evidence of your entitlement and ask you to sign a form.

People on a Low Income

If none of the circumstances already mentioned applies to you, but you have difficulty paying NHS charges, you may qualify for help under the NHS Low Income Scheme. This is an income-related scheme which looks at your (and your partner's) weekly requirements and income to calculate how much, if anything, you should pay towards your health costs. Help with hospital travel costs may also be available.

The threshold for full help under the Scheme changes from time to time, so if you haven't claimed for a while, it may be worth making a new claim.

If you want to claim help under the Low Income Scheme, pick up form HC1 at Community Pharmacies, GP Practices, Citizens Advice Scotland Offices and Jobcentre Plus offices or on request by calling 0131 275 6386.

You can get advice on completing the form or information and general advice by calling a helpline on: 0300 330 1343 (calls are charged at local rate).

Women Who Are Pregnant or Who Have Given Birth in the Last 12 Months

You are entitled to receive:

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  • Free NHS Dental Treatment
  • To get this, you will need to apply for an NHS Maternity Exemption Certificate.

This certificate will also entitle you to free prescriptions if your prescriptions are dispensed in England. Application forms are available from your GP, midwife or health visitor. They will help you to complete the form and will send it to your NHS Board. You will receive your certificate by post.

What About Prescription Charges?

From 1 April 2011 prescription charges have been abolished in Scotland, therefore you do not have to pay for NHS prescriptions if you:

  • Present a Scottish prescription at a pharmacy in Scotland;
  • Present an English prescription, with a valid Entitlement Card, at a pharmacy in Scotland; or
  • Present an English prescription form at a pharmacy in Scotland and you qualify under exemption arrangements detailed in the NHS (Free Prescriptions and Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2011.

If you present your prescription in Northern Ireland or Wales you will not be charged. If you present your prescription in England you will be required to pay unless you qualify for exemption under English arrangements.

Entitlement Cards

If you live in Scotland but are registered with a GP Practice in England you may apply for an Entitlement Card. This will serve as evidence that you are eligible for free prescriptions in Scotland.

Entitlement Cards will be issued free of charge to eligible applicants.

The Entitlement Card must be shown at the time the prescription is presented for dispensing to benefit from the abolition of prescription charges in Scotland. The address details on the Entitlement Card must match the address details on the prescription form.

How Can I Get One?

Please contact NHS National Services: Practitioner Services Division on 0141 300 1300 who will send you an application form.

Medical exemption certificates

If you have one of the following medical conditions, you may wish to apply for an NHS Medical Exemption Certificate that will entitle you to receive NHS prescriptions free of charge if presenting your prescription in England.

  • hypoparathyroidism
  • hypoadrenalism for which specific substitution therapy is essential (e.g. Addison's Disease)
  • diabetes insipidus and other forms of hypopituitarism
  • diabetes mellitus except where treatment is by diet alone
  • myasthenia gravis
  • myxoedema (that is, hypothyroidism requiring thyroid hormone replacement)
  • epilepsy requiring continuous anti-convulsive therapy
  • or if you have a permanent fistula requiring continuous surgical dressing or requiring an appliance (also referred to as a stoma).
  • In addition to these conditions, if you have a continuing physical disability which means that you are unable to leave your home without the help of another person you might also qualify.

To apply for a Medical Exemption Certificate, ask the receptionist at your GP surgery. An application form EC92A will be completed at the surgery, and will be endorsed by your GP. The surgery will send off the application to your NHS Board and you will receive your certificate by post.

Refunds

Claims must be made within three months of the date you paid the charge.

If you have applied for help under the NHS Low Income Scheme but have not yet received a reply complete form HC5 and send it with the receipt to:

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NHS Business Services Authority
Bridge House
152 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
NE1 6SN

  • You can get an HC5 from:
  • your local Jobcentre Plus office
  • your local hospital
  • some dentists and opticians
  • by request from Patient Services on:

0300 330 1343 (calls are charged at the local rate)

Hospital Travel Costs

You may be eligible to receive help with necessary travel costs.

The maximum you will pay if you live in the Scottish Highlands and Islands is:

  • Scottish Highlands and Islands £10.00

NHS Dental Treatment from 1 November 2020

  • Basic examination FREE*
  • Extensive clinical examination FREE*
  • Simple scale and polish £12.00
  • Two small X-rays and one small filling from £13.48
  • Two small X-rays and one large filling from £26.24
  • A precious metal crown from £121.12
  • Full set of plastic dentures from £166.04
  • An upper or lower metal denture from £146.40

You pay 80 per cent of the cost of the treatment up to a maximum of £384 if you can't get free treatment or help with the cost. The above are only examples of what you might pay for courses of treatment that start on or after 1 November 2020. The total cost of NHS treatment may be different from these examples because of the number, or types of treatment involved. If you are registered for Continuing Care with your dentist, you may ask your dentist for a treatment plan. This is provided free of charge and explains what treatment your dentist recommends, the price for each part of the treatment, and the likely total cost.

* To people who are ordinarily resident in the UK or who belong in one of the categories for exemption from NHS charges set out in the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Scotland) Regulations 1989.

Sight Tests and Eye Examinations

  • NHS eye examination FREE*
  • NHS eye examination at home FREE*
  • Hospital eye department test FREE
  • Private sight test see your optician
  • Private sight test at home see your optician

NHS Vouchers For Glasses and Contact Lenses From 1 April 2016

Optical vouchers

Maximum value per pair of glasses or contact lenses

  • Single vision
    • A £39.10
    • B £59.30
    • C £86.90
    • D £196.00
  • Bifocal E £67.50
    • F £85.60
    • G £111.20
    • H £215.50
  • Hospital eye
    • I £200.80
    • department
  • J (per lens) £57.00
  • Complex lens – single vision £14.60
  • Complex lens – bifocal £37.40

* To people who are ordinarily resident in the UK or who belong in one of the categories for exemption from NHS charges set out in the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Scotland) Regulations 1989.

Supplements to vouchers where clinically necessary

per lens

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  • Prism
    • P Single vision £12.60
    • P Bifocal £15.40
  • Tint
    • T Single vision £4.40
    • T Bifocal £4.90
  • Photochromic
    • Single vision £4.40
    • Other lenses £4.90
  • Special frames per frame up to £64.20

Repairs/replacements of glasses or contact lenses

If, exceptionally, you are entitled to a voucher for repair or replacement, its value will be up to the figures shown in this leaflet, depending on the part which needs replacing or repairing.

The Penalty Charge

A penalty charge may be imposed on patients who are found to have wrongly claimed total or partial help with health costs.

The penalty charge is five times the amount owed, up to a maximum of £100. This is in addition to the original charge. For example:

Dental costs penalty charge

A patient who wrongly claims free dental treatment when the charge for the course of treatment is £30 will have to pay:

  • The original dental charge of £30
  • The maximum penalty charge of £100
  • Total £130

Counter Fraud Services (CFS)

NHSScotland Counter Fraud Services offers a free and confidential service for reporting potential fraud. You can contact CFS on 08000 151628.

You can obtain an application form for an Entitlement Card from one of the following addresses:

If you live in Dumfries & Galloway please contact:

NHS National Services Scotland
Practitioner Services (Medical)
Meridian Court, 5 Cadogan Street
Glasgow G2 6QE

Tel: 0141 300 1300

If you live in the Borders please contact:

NHS National Services Scotland
Practitioner Services (Medical)
Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent
Edinburgh EH12 9EB

Tel: 0131 275 6000

Any queries regarding medical or maternity certificates should be directed to the relevant regional office of NHS National Services Scotland at the following addresses:

For Ayrshire & Arran, Dumfries & Galloway, Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire and Western Isles write to:

NHS National Services Scotland
Practitioner Services (Medical)
Meridian Court, 5 Cadogan Street
Glasgow G2 6QE

Tel: 0141 300 1300

For Borders, Fife, Forth Valley and Lothian write to:

NHS National Services Scotland
Practitioner Services (Medical)
Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent
Edinburgh EH12 9EB

Tel: 0131 275 6000

For Grampian, Highland, Orkney, Shetland and Tayside write to:

Practitioner Services (Medical)
Bridge View, 1 North Esplanade West
Aberdeen AB11 5QF

Tel: 01224 358400

Other special needs

This leaflet can also be made available by request on audio cassette, on disk and in large print.

All of the numbers on this leaflet offer Typetalk for people who are hard of hearing. This is available Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

NHS Helpline on 0800 224488 will be able to provide both these services.

This is not a definitive guide to the help available. For more detailed information go to the following websites to access the booklet HCS 1, 'Are you entitled to help with health costs?'

or further information at www.NHSinform.co.uk

FAQs

Who qualifies for HC2 certificate? ›

You will qualify for a full help with health costs HC2 certificate (which includes free NHS prescriptions), if your income is less than or equal to your requirements, or your income is greater than your requirements by no more than half the current English prescription charge.

Where can I get a hc11 form? ›

You can download and print an HC1 form (PDF: 124KB), or you can get an HC1 form from Jobcentres, GP practices, pharmacies and Citizens Advice.

Do pensioners get free dental treatment in Scotland? ›

Dental treatment is free if you or your partner receive any of these benefits: Guarantee credit part of Pension Credit. Income Support.

What does HC2 certificate cover? ›

If you apply to the NHS Low Income Scheme and receive an HC2 certificate for full help with health costs, you're entitled to: free NHS prescriptions. free NHS dental treatment. free NHS sight tests.

What illnesses qualify for a medical exemption certificate? ›

You can apply for a MEDEX if you have one of the following medical conditions: a permanent fistula which needs continuous surgical dressing or an appliance including caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy or ileostomy. a form of hypoadrenalismfor which specific substitution therapy is essential including Addison's Disease.

What is the difference between HC1 and HC2? ›

Both certificates are delivered after applying to the NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS) through the HC1 form. The difference them is just about the level of coverage: A HC2 certificate means you will receive full help.

How do I claim my NHS refund? ›

The HC5(W) form cannot be ordered online - call 0300 330 1343 and we'll post the form to you. To claim a prescription refund, ask your pharmacist for a 'FP57' refund receipt when you pay, you cannot get one later. The FP57 form tells you how to claim your refund.

Who qualifies for an NHS exemption card? ›

You can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:
  • are 60 or over.
  • are under 16.
  • are 16 to 18 and in full-time education.
  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)

Who is eligible for HC1 certificate? ›

All students – including international and EU students – can apply. To do so, you have to fill in a HC1 form, which you can get from the University's Health Centre, Student Life Centre, your dentist or your benefits office. Remember to include a copy of your Student Finance Notification with your application.

Do pensioners get free NHS dental treatment? ›

Low income (including students and pensioners)

You're entitled to free NHS dental treatment if you have applied to the NHS Low Income Scheme and received an HC2 certificate for full help with health costs.

Why are dentists not taking NHS patients? ›

The shortage of dental treatment is caused by a mixture of factors. Too few new dentists are being trained, according to Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation. He added that Brexit, coronavirus, and dentists' dissatisfaction with NHS contracts have also contributed to the shortage.

What age do you get free dental treatment Scotland? ›

Young people aged under 26 are now eligible for free NHS dental treatment. The change comes as a further £7.5 million has been given to support the dental sector to recover and build back to pre-pandemic capacity. Free treatment for people aged under 26 will take effect immediately and there is no “opt-in” required.

What does a HC3 form entitle you to? ›

If you apply to the NHS Low Income Scheme and receive an HC3 certificate for limited help with health costs, your certificate will tell you how much help you can get towards the cost of: NHS dental treatment. NHS sight tests. travelling to receive NHS treatment.

Can I claim back private dental costs? ›

Most dental insurance policies require you to pay upfront for the treatment and then claim back within six months. This means you'll need to have the money to pay for the treatment.

What is NHS tax credit exemption certificate? ›

The certificate entitles you, your partner (if you have one) and any dependent children included in your tax credit claim to: free NHS prescriptions. free NHS dental treatment. free NHS sight tests. help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses.

What illnesses make you exempt from prescription charges? ›

Which conditions qualify for free prescriptions?
  • diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet alone.
  • hypothyroidism that needs thyroid hormone replacement.
  • epilepsy that needs continuous anticonvulsive therapy.
  • a continuing physical disability that means you cannot go out without the help of another person.
29 Jun 2017

Does a medical exemption certificate cover all prescriptions? ›

A standard medical exemption certificate (which differs from a maternity, tax credit or war pension exemption certificate) will grant you free NHS prescriptions only. The certificate will not afford you free dental treatment or help with any other health costs.

Does PIP give you free prescriptions? ›

not automatically entitled to free NHS prescriptions. - Those not meeting following eligibility - may be able eligible for support through Low Income Scheme (HC2 or HC3 certificate). - People on low income may be eligible to receive financial help through the NHS Low Income Scheme.

How long does a HC1 form take to process? ›

About 4 weeks. Providing you given them all the evidence they ask for.

Can you complete a HC1 form online? ›

To find out who can apply online, or to make an online application, go to the NHS Business Services Authority website. To apply by post you'll need to complete an HC1 form and send it to the address on the form. You can order an HC1 form online, or download an HC1 form (PDF, 451KB) and print it yourself.

How do I get a HC1 form Northern Ireland? ›

If you live in Northern Ireland, you can download and print an HC1 from the nidirect.gov website. Find more information about getting help with health costs in Northern Ireland at nidirect.gov.

Can the NHS fund private treatment? ›

The NHS cannot pay for or subsidise private hospital treatment. There must be a clear a separation as possible between your private treatment and your NHS treatment. If you're receiving private and NHS care for the same condition, your NHS and private treatment can be supervised by one healthcare team.

How long does it take to get a refund from NHS pension? ›

How long will it take until I obtain my refund? After your request has been processed and approved, the payment can take 5-10 working days until after that letter. Please note, the refund will be less than the pension contributions you have made. This is because, by law, your hospital will have to make two deductions.

Can we get health insurance money back? ›

The premium paid for health insurance policies would not be refunded at the end of the policy period as the insurance company provides the coverage for the premium paid by the insured customer. The only way to get money back from health insurance is to cancel the health insurance policy or make a claim.

Can you get a free eye test with a medical exemption card? ›

Will a NHS Medical Exemption Certificate Card cover the costs of an eye test? Answer: If you are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate, then you will be entitled to a free eye test through the NHS every two years, and if required, a voucher towards the cost of glasses.

Is free prescriptions ending? ›

Free prescriptions 'axed from April' but 15 groups can already get them without charge.

How much is a NHS prescription 2022? ›

NHS prescription charges to remain at £9.35 per item for 2022/23 - PSNC Website.

What is classed as low income in the UK? ›

UK pay falls across a range of thresholds depending on the national average, roughly £31,285 before tax as of 2021/2022. People earning below this fall into the "low income" or "absolute low income" categories.

What is a low income UK 2022? ›

A single person needs to earn £25,500 a year to reach a minimum acceptable standard of living in April 2022. A couple with two children needs to earn £43,400 between them.

Can I get help with cost of glasses on pension credit? ›

If you or your partner receive Guarantee Pension Credit, you can get vouchers towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses. Some high street opticians offer reductions on the price of glasses for over-60s, so it's worth checking before you choose where to buy your glasses.

What do pensioners get free UK? ›

a Council Tax discount. a free TV licence if you're aged 75 or over. help with NHS dental treatment, glasses and transport costs for hospital appointments, if you get a certain type of Pension Credit. help with your heating costs through the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

Can you get free dental treatment if you are over 60? ›

If you're aged 60 and over, you get free: NHS prescriptions. NHS sight tests. NHS dental check-ups in Scotland or Wales.

What is free for over 60s in UK? ›

In the UK, everyone over the age of 60 gets free prescriptions and NHS eye tests. You can also get free NHS dental treatment if you're over 60 and claiming pension guarantee credits or other benefits if you're under state pension age.

How long is the waiting list for a NHS dentist? ›

Operationally, the NHS expects that 92% of those on a waiting list at any point in time should have been waiting for less than 18 weeks.

Can an NHS dentist refuse to treat you? ›

If a patient needs treatment, they should not be expected to pay privately, although the dentist should explain suitable private options for consideration. Dentists are not allowed to refuse any treatment available on the NHS and then offer it privately.

When did NHS dentistry stop being free? ›

The NHS General Dental Services continued to work under a complex fee-per-item basis from 1948 until 1990.

Can you mix NHS and private dental treatment? ›

NHS patients can choose a private treatment option if they wish without it affecting their NHS status. Patients are able to mix treatment options and have NHS and private work the same course of treatment.

How much is a root canal in the UK? ›

The other two treatments that will incur a root canal cost are the removal of a previously inserted tooth implant post, and internal bleaching.
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Our London root canal prices.
Root canal treatment price - standard proceduresPrice
Premolar tooth£1,250 - £1,450
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What dental treatment is free on NHS Scotland? ›

NHS treatment is free for:
  • everyone aged under 26.
  • pregnant women.
  • nursing mothers until their baby is 12 months old.
  • those with certificated exemption from payment because of income.
4 Aug 2022

What illnesses qualify for a medical exemption certificate? ›

You can apply for a MEDEX if you have one of the following medical conditions: a permanent fistula which needs continuous surgical dressing or an appliance including caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy or ileostomy. a form of hypoadrenalismfor which specific substitution therapy is essential including Addison's Disease.

What is the difference between HC2 and HC3? ›

If you're entitled to help you will get either an: HC2 certificate for full help with health costs, including free NHS prescriptions. HC3 certificate for limited help with health costs, which shows how much you have to pay towards your health costs.

How long does a HC2 certificate last? ›

If you're entitled to help with your health costs, you will receive a HC2 or HC3 certificate. Certificates are valid for 12 months unless you're: a final year student or a student on a 1 year course, your certificate is valid until the last day of the academic year.

Are private dentures better than NHS? ›

Private dentists tend to charge a more for dentures on the NHS, but many argue that there is a greater quality of service, as well as after-care. Waiting lists are likely to be shorter and you may not have to wait at all to begin your procedure.

What is the difference between NHS crowns and private crowns? ›

The only major difference between NHS crown treatment and private treatment is the waiting times. With NHS dental charges, there is typically a long waiting list for certain dental procedures, the main reason being it's cheaper than opting for private treatment.

How can I get my teeth fixed for free UK? ›

You can receive free NHS dental treatment if you're entitled to or named on: a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate. a valid HC2 certificate – which is available for people on a low income. a valid maternity exemption certificate.

Who qualifies for an NHS exemption card? ›

You can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:
  • are 60 or over.
  • are under 16.
  • are 16 to 18 and in full-time education.
  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)

How do I get a NHS medical exemption card? ›

If you're entitled to a certificate because of your medical condition, speak to your GP or doctor. They'll give you an application form. You'll get a paper certificate in the post within 10 working days of us receiving your application.

Do Type 2 diabetics get free prescriptions? ›

How to get free prescriptions for diabetes medicine. If you take diabetes medicine, you're entitled to free prescriptions for all your medicines. To claim your free prescriptions, you'll need to apply for an exemption certificate.

Who is eligible for HC1 certificate? ›

All students – including international and EU students – can apply. To do so, you have to fill in a HC1 form, which you can get from the University's Health Centre, Student Life Centre, your dentist or your benefits office. Remember to include a copy of your Student Finance Notification with your application.

Who qualifies for an NHS exemption card? ›

You can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:
  • are 60 or over.
  • are under 16.
  • are 16 to 18 and in full-time education.
  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)

What does my NHS exemption card cover? ›

The certificate entitles you, your partner (if you have one) and any dependent children included in your tax credit claim to: free NHS prescriptions. free NHS dental treatment. free NHS sight tests.

How does a HC3 certificate work? ›

If you apply to the NHS Low Income Scheme and receive an HC3 certificate for limited help with health costs, your certificate will tell you how much help you can get towards the cost of: NHS dental treatment. NHS sight tests. travelling to receive NHS treatment.

What is classed as low income in the UK? ›

UK pay falls across a range of thresholds depending on the national average, roughly £31,285 before tax as of 2021/2022. People earning below this fall into the "low income" or "absolute low income" categories.

Can I claim money back from NHS? ›

If you paid for NHS health costs within three months of your HC2 or HC3 certificate start date, you can claim a refund. Refunds must be claimed within 3 months of the charge being paid. Read more about how to claim a refund. Check what help you could get to pay for NHS costs and apply online.

What is a low income UK 2022? ›

A single person needs to earn £25,500 a year to reach a minimum acceptable standard of living in April 2022. A couple with two children needs to earn £43,400 between them.

What illnesses make you exempt from prescription charges? ›

Which conditions qualify for free prescriptions?
  • diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet alone.
  • hypothyroidism that needs thyroid hormone replacement.
  • epilepsy that needs continuous anticonvulsive therapy.
  • a continuing physical disability that means you cannot go out without the help of another person.
29 Jun 2017

Does a medical exemption certificate cover all prescriptions? ›

A standard medical exemption certificate (which differs from a maternity, tax credit or war pension exemption certificate) will grant you free NHS prescriptions only. The certificate will not afford you free dental treatment or help with any other health costs.

Can you get a free eye test with a medical exemption card? ›

Will a NHS Medical Exemption Certificate Card cover the costs of an eye test? Answer: If you are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate, then you will be entitled to a free eye test through the NHS every two years, and if required, a voucher towards the cost of glasses.

Does NHS medical exemption card cover dental treatment? ›

You can receive free NHS dental treatment if you're entitled to or named on: a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate. a valid HC2 certificate – which is available for people on a low income.

Is free prescriptions ending? ›

Free prescriptions 'axed from April' but 15 groups can already get them without charge.

How much is a NHS prescription 2022? ›

NHS prescription charges to remain at £9.35 per item for 2022/23 - PSNC Website.

Does pension credit entitle you to free dental treatment? ›

Pension Credits

You're entitled to free NHS dental treatment if you or your partner gets either: Pension Credit Guarantee Credit. Pension Credit Guarantee Credit with Savings Credit.

Do I have to pay for glasses on pension credit? ›

If you or your partner receive Guarantee Pension Credit, you can get vouchers towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses. Some high street opticians offer reductions on the price of glasses for over-60s, so it's worth checking before you choose where to buy your glasses.

Do Over 60s get free glasses? ›

Answer: Once you are over the age of 60 you are entitled to a free eye examination through the NHS, usually every two years. If you're on certain qualifying benefits, you'll get a voucher towards the cost of your glasses - your optician will be able to tell you this.

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