How to get free prescriptions as a student

What about medical exemptions?

Medical exemptions

People with certain named medical conditions can get free prescriptions provided their doctor applies for a 'medical exemption' certificate on their behalf. If any of the following apply to you, ask your doctor to complete the application form:

  • If you have diabetes which is treated with insulin or other medication
  • If you have an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
  • If you have epilepsy
  • If you have myasthenia gravis, a condition which causes muscle weakness
  • If you have a physical disability which means you need the help of a carer
  • If you have a stoma, such as a colostomy or urostomy
  • If you have a problem with your adrenal glands, for example in Addison's disease
  • If you are being treated for cancer.

HC2 Certificate

If your medical condition isn't listed, don't worry. You should still be able to get free prescriptions by applying for what is known as an HC2 certificate under the NHS Low Income Scheme. To do this you need to complete form HC1 "Claim for help with health costs" which you can get from your doctor or by visiting NHS Business Services Authority. As long as you have less than £16,000 in savings or investments then you should qualify.


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