Certain benefits and exemptions can automatically entitle you to help with NHS health costs.

You can check if you are eligible for help by using the online eligibility checker.


You’re entitled to help with your health costs if you get, or are included in an award of someone getting:

  • Income Support

If you’re unsure which benefit you get, check your latest award notice. If you do not have your latest award notice, contact the department responsible for your benefit.

You’re entitled to:

  • 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.

Your partner and any dependants aged 19 and under who are included in your award will also get the same help.


You’re entitled to help with your health costs if you:

What you’re entitled to will depend on the type of exemption you hold.

Scotland and Wales

If you live in Scotland or Wales, NHS prescriptions are free.

In Scotland, you also get free NHS dental check-ups and sight tests.

In Wales, you get free NHS dental check-ups if you’re under 25.

Further guidance regarding benefits is available on the GOV.UK website.

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

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