Once you reach the age of 60, many NHS services are free to everyone‚ but charges are made for some services.
The following services are free when you reach the age of 60:
The annual flu jab is free once you reach the age of 65
Pension Credit is a weekly entitlement that older people on a low or modest income may be awarded. It has two parts – Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit.
If you receive the Guarantee Credit portion of Pension Credit, you're entitled to the following:
However, if you receive the Savings Credit portion of Pension Credit on its own, you're not entitled to help with health costs.
Download our free Pension Credit guide (PDF 637 KB)
This scheme may help anyone on a low income and with capital of no more than £16,000 who currently pays for:
You can get a form to apply from Jobcentres, many opticians, dentists, local hospitals and GP surgeries.
You can find out more from the Help with Health Costs Helpline on 0300 330 1343.
Download the Help with Health costs factsheet (PDF 165 KB)
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Further information on help with health costs.
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