Help with health care costs

Check what help you might be eligible for to help pay for NHS costs.

Check what help you might be eligible for to help pay for NHS costs, including prescription, dental check-ups, treatment and sight tests. Have a look at the NHS Low Income Scheme, this is also for students living away from home. People in Northern Ireland need to apply on this website.

In ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland, people don’t have to pay for prescriptions but in England prescription charges still apply. However, people with certain medical conditions can get free NHS prescriptions if they have a valid medical exemption certificates. Cystic fibrosis is not on the exemption list; however, you may have another medical condition which is on the list (ie diabetes). 

Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) lets you get as many NHS prescriptions as you need for a set price. If you regularly pay prescription charges, a PPC could save you money. If you need help with the cost of purchasing your first annual PPC, please contact our Helpline on 0300 373 1000 or

Find out more about prescription charges, medical exemption certificates and PPCs.

You may also be able to claim a refund of reasonable travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS), if you're referred to hospital or other NHS premises for specialist NHS treatment or diagnostic tests by your doctor, dentist or another primary care health professional.

Prescription charges

Many people with cystic fibrosis still have to pay for their prescriptions. Find out why this is, whether you could be exempt and how you can apply for a Prescription Prepayment Certificate.

Other financial support

We support people with cystic fibrosis and their families every step of the way, from welfare grants, support applying for benefits and information and advice for times in financial need. 


Our confidential Helpline offers a listening ear, as well as information and support on any aspect of cystic fibrosis, including financial support such as benefits and our welfare grants.

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