For Families and Carers : Health Benefits

If you are on a low income, you may be able to get help with costs to do with your health.

You may get:

  • free prescriptions
  • help with fares to hospital
  • help with paying for glasses
  • help with paying dentist’s fees
  • help with the cost of wigs and fabric supports

All children under 16, or under 19 and in full time education, automatically get full help with NHS costs.

To qualify for help automatically because of low income, you must get certain means-tested benefits.  If you don’t get these benefits, you may get some help through the Low Income scheme.

The rules may be different, depending on whether you live in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

For details, go to the NHS Business Services Authority, or Disability Rights UK’s factsheet on Prescription charges/health benefits.