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Everyone aged over 60 gets free prescriptions and eye tests, but you may be entitled to help with other NHS health costs too, depending on your circumstances.
On this page we explain:
If you’re in later life, depending on your circumstances, you could also get:
So if you’re aged over 60, you should always ask your dentist, optician or hospital staff for advice on whether you’re eligible for help with costs before paying for any medical treatment.
You will qualify for help with NHS medical costs if you and/or your partner receive any of the following benefits:
If you don’t receive any of these benefits, but have a low income, you may still get some help with health costs through the NHS Low Income Scheme.
Call Help with Health costs on 0300 330 1343
More money in your pocket: a guide to claiming benefits for people over pension age (PDF 3 MB)
Help with health costs factsheet (PDF 165 KB)
Each year up to £3.5bn of Pension Credit and Housing Benefit goes unclaimed by older people. See what you're owed - quickly and easily - with our benefits calculator.
For more information:
Call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 2081
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