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Last week we looked at help with NHS Prescription costs. Although the NHS is “free at the point of contact” there are some other things which incur charges.
What other health costs can you get help with? Dental charges; sight tests; vouchers towards the cost of glasses and contact lenses; travel costs to and from hospital for NHS treatment; travel costs if travelling abroad for treatment; wigs and fabric supports (eg for abdominal and spinal supports, support tights).
Who qualifies for help with all these? If you are receiving any of the income related benefits, you should get free dental treatment (& check-ups), free sight tests (& vouchers for glasses or contact lenses). Note that Universal Credit is different, and you will need to check if you are eligible.
If you are under 16, you also qualify for all these, except travel costs.
Under 18? Free dental treatment. Under 19 and in full time education? Dental treatment, eye tests and wigs & fabric supports.
Aged 60+? Just eye tests.
Pregnant or had a baby during the last 12 months? Just dental treatment.
Prisoners get free dental treatment and wigs & fabric supports.
If you are on a low income you can apply via the NHS low income scheme. You will be eligible depending on your income and savings. If you qualify for full help, you can get all mentioned (an HC2 certificate). A limited help certificate (HC3) will provide some help.
You apply for either of these by filling in a Form HC1 – either online, download one or get a paper copy of Form HC1 from some local job centres, NHS hospitals, dentists, opticians and pharmacists.