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Help with health costs

If you're aged 60 or over, you could be entitled to help with various health-related costs.

If you're aged 60 or over, you can get free NHS prescriptions and eye tests (and dental examinations are free in Wales).

If you’re also getting the guarantee element of Pension Credit, you and your partner may be able to get free NHS dental treatment, free wigs and fabric supports. You may also get vouchers towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses and refunds of necessary travel costs to hospitals for NHS treatment (including check-ups). If your partner is under 60, they may also get free prescriptions and eye tests.

If you have savings of £12,000 or less, you can claim through the NHS Low Income Scheme for help with various health-related costs. If you live permanently in a care home, you can claim help through the scheme, even if you have savings of up to £20,000 (2004/2005).

You can find more details about getting help with health costs, and the NHS Low Income Scheme, in the leaflet HC11 Help with health costs, which you can read and print from the Department of Health website. Or you can call the Health Costs Advice Line on 0845 850 1166. Lines are open from 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.

You can also get leaflet HC11 Help with health costs by writing to :

Department of Health
PO Box 777
London
SE1 6XH

or phone 08701 555 455. The line is open 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.

You can find more information about NHS charges on the Department of Health website.

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