Low income scheme
This means-tested scheme provides help to people who are
not exempt from healthcare costs, but who may be entitled to full or partial help if they have a low income.
This is a means-tested scheme that’s available in England, Scotland and Wales. It provides help to people who are not exempt from healthcare costs, but who may be entitled to full or partial help if they have a low income.
The scheme includes help with:
To qualify, there’s a savings limit of £16,000, or £23,250 for those who live permanently in a care home.
How to claim
Phone 0845 850 1166 and ask for form HC1, or visit nhsbsa.nhs.uk
You can also get form HC1 from your local Jobcentre Plus or NHS hospital. You may be able to get one from your doctor, dentist or optician.
If you’ve already paid these healthcare costs, you can claim a refund using form HC5 if you apply within three months.
You must have the relevant receipt (such as form FP57 for prescriptions). For more information, see the Department of Health leaflet HC11 Help with health costs at nhs.uk/healthcosts
In Northern Ireland
Visit nidirect.gov.uk for information on help with health care costs.