So many people don’t know about the NHS low income support scheme. If you are not getting Income Support or income based Jobseekers Allowance or ESA, but are on a low income, you may still be entitled to access free prescriptions and other help with healthcare.
How to find out if you are entitled to help with health costs on low income grounds
People who do not need to fill in form HC1
You do not need to fill in an HC1 if you, or your partner if you have one, are:
getting Income Support
Also, do not fill in an HC1 if you, or you and your partner between you, have more than:
- £16,000 in savings, investments or property (not counting the place where you live); or
- £22,000 in savings investments or property if you live permananently in a care home in Wales; or
- £23,250 in savings investments or property if you live permananently in a care home in England or Scotland
as you cannot claim any help through the NHS Low Income Scheme.
Where to get an HC1 form
To get an HC1 form, if you live in:
- England, you can order an HC1 to be posted to you.
- Scotland, you can download and print off an HC1. Please ensure you send all the pages of the completed form to us when you make your claim. You can also get an HC1 at community pharmacies, GP practices, Citizens Advice Scotland offices and Job Centre Plus offices
- Wales, you can get an HC1 by calling 0845 6031108. Jobcentre Plus offices, NHS hospitals, dentists and opticians may also stock them too.
Form Filling Service
If you need help making your claim, call us on 0845 8501166. One of our advisors will be pleased to help. We can even fill the form in for you and send it to you to sign and return to us.