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You may be entitled to help with your NHS health costs if you get Universal Credit.

Who is entitled to help

You’re entitled to help with your NHS health costs if the net earnings in your last assessment period were either:

  • £435 or less
  • £935 or less if you get an element for a child or have limited capability for work

'Last assessment period’ means the assessment period that ended immediately before your treatment or prescription.

If you claim Universal Credit as a couple, the earnings limit applies to the joint income of you and your partner. Your earnings are shown on your statement as 'Your total take-home pay for this period'.

Any dependants aged 19 and under who are included in your Universal Credit award will also get the same help.

What you will get

If you’re entitled to help through your Universal Credit you will get:

  • free NHS prescriptions
  • free NHS dental treatment
  • free NHS sight tests
  • free NHS wigs and fabric supports
  • help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses
  • help towards travel costs to receive NHS treatment

Claiming a refund

If you are unsure about your entitlement or expect to be entitled in future, you should pay for your health costs. You can claim a refund if you meet the qualifying criteria in the following assessment period.

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

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