Common Health QuestionsBack
When do I have to pay for NHS treatment?
Although treatment on the NHS is free for UK residents at the point of delivery, there may still be some costs that you will need to pay, depending on:
- what treatment you need
- your circumstances
The current prescription charge is £8.80.
Read more information on prescription costs, including who is entitled to free prescriptions.
NHS dental treatment
All treatment that is necessary in your dentist's opinion to protect and maintain your oral health is available on the NHS. There are 3 bands of charges for NHS dental treatments.
Some people do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment. Read more about who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment in England?
NHS eye tests
Some people are entitled to free NHS eye tests or optical vouchers, and some can claim a refund of optical charges that they've paid for.
Read more information on free NHS eye tests and optical vouchers.
The Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme enables some people to claim a refund of the cost of travelling to hospital or other NHS premises.
Read more information on help with travel costs.
Wigs are available from the NHS. However, patients will be charged for them, unless they qualify for help with charges. Read more about wigs and fabric supports.
Read the answers to more questions about NHS treatments and services.
Although treatment on the NHS is free for UK residents at the point of delivery, there may still be some costs that you will need to pay, depending on what treatment you need and your circumstances.