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HCS 1: Are you entitled to help with health costs?

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NHS VOUCHERS FOR GLASSES OR CONTACT LENSES

Eye examinations are free to those ordinarily resident in the UK or those who belong in one of the categories of exemption from NHS charges set out in the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Scotland) Regulations 1989.

There is more information about using vouchers on the back of your GOS(S)2 patient's optical prescription form.

Ask for a GOS(S)3 voucher form when you have your eye examintation, or when you order your glasses or contact lenses or if you are now entitled to one. Not all suppliers have GOS(S)3 vouchers and you might have to go back to the person who undertook your eye examination to get one. Fill in part 1 when you order your glasses or contact lenses and show the optician a valid NHS Low Income Scheme ( LIS) certificate for help with health charges if you have one. If you have a valid LISHC2 certificate you will receive a voucher for the maximum amount.

If you have a valid LISHC3 certificate, show it to the optician when you order your glasses or contact lenses and ask if you can get any help towards the cost. Your voucher value will be reduced by the amount shown on your HC3.

A GOS(S)3 voucher form is valid for 2 years, but you can only use it if you are still entitled to a voucher for glasses or contact lenses when you order them.

If you have a valid HC2 or HC3 certificate, you must show it to the optician when you order your glasses or contact lenses. You will be asked to fill in and sign GOS(S)3 to say why you are entitled to the voucher and to confirm that you have received your glasses or contact lenses.