Health benefits

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Everyone aged over 60 gets free prescriptions and eye tests. But depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to help with other NHS health costs.

Can I claim it?

Before paying for treatment, ask your dentist, optician or hospital staff for advice. Depending on your circumstances, you could get:

  • free NHS dental treatment
  • free NHS prescriptions
  • a free NHS eye test
  • a voucher towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses
  • help with travel costs to receive NHS treatment
  • free NHS wigs and fabric supports.

You will qualify if you and/or your partner receive:

  • the Guarantee Credit part of Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit (in some circumstances)
  • Universal Credit.

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 for a form or pick one up from a dentist, optician or hospital.

How do I claim?

For help with NHS costs, just show your benefit award letter or HC2 or HC3 certificate as proof.

opens link in new window Download the guide More money in your pocket: a guide to claiming benefits for people over pension age (PDF 3 MB)

opens link in new window Download the Help with health costs factsheet (PDF 165 KB)

We are grateful for the generous support of Dr Naim Dangoor CBE
and The Exilarch's Foundation

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Age UK Advice:
0800 169 6565

Useful website

  • The NHS Business Services Authority administers the 'Help with health costs' scheme. You can read basic information about the scheme and request benefit forms (HC1 and HC5) on their website.

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