Help with health costs

Can you get help with the cost of:

  • prescriptions?
  • NHS dental treatment?
  • sight tests?
  • glasses or contact lenses?
  • NHS wigs and fabric supports?
  • travel to receive NHS care?

The NHS has published a booklet that sets out information about who does not have to pay charges, and also tells you about the help you might get with the cost of:

  • NHS prescriptions
  • NHS dental treatment
  • NHS-funded sight tests
  • glasses and contact lenses
  • necessary costs of travel to receive NHS care if you are referred by a doctor (GP or hospital doctor), ophthalmic practitioner or dentist
  • NHS wigs and fabric supports (whenever we say ‘fabric supports’ we mean spinal or abdominal supports or surgical bras supplied through a hospital).


The new guidance applies from 1 April 2015.