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Apply for help with your NHS health costs by completing an HC1 application. How you can apply depends on which UK country you’re in.

In England, Scotland or Wales, it can take up to 18 working days to process an application from the date we receive it.

We will send you an outcome letter within 10 days of processing your application.

England

Check what help you could get to pay for NHS costs and apply online.

If you cannot apply online, you can download and print an HC1 form (PDF: 452KB) or order an HC1 is sent to you by post. Community pharmacies, GP practices, Job Centre Plus offices, NHS hospitals, NHS dental practices and opticians may also stock HC1 forms.

If you meet the criteria for an HC1(SC), you can order one from Xerox (UK).

Scotland

Check what help you could get to pay for NHS costs and apply online.

If you cannot apply online, 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.

If you meet the criteria for an HC1(SC), you can collect one from your local pharmacy.

Wales

Check what help you could get to pay for NHS costs and apply online.

If you cannot apply online, you can download and print an HC1 from the Welsh Government website or call 0345 603 1108 to get a copy sent to you.

You may also be able to get an HC1 from Jobcentres, NHS hospitals, dentists and opticians.

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.