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.
Before paying for treatment, ask your dentist, optician or hospital staff for advice. Depending on your circumstances, you could get:
You will qualify if you and/or your partner receive:
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.
For help with NHS costs, just show your benefit award letter or HC2 or HC3 certificate as proof.
Download the guide More money in your pocket: a guide to claiming benefits for people over pension age (PDF 3 MB)
Download the Help with health costs factsheet (PDF 165 KB)
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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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