Publication - Advice and guidance

Help with health costs (HCS1): information booklet - November 2018

Published: 23 Nov 2018
Population Health Directorate
Part of:
Equality and rights, Health and social care

Information booklet (HCS1) providing advice on what help a person may be entitled to for NHS charges.

Help with health costs (HCS1): information booklet - November 2018
Update: this guide was replaced in August 2021. See:


This document gives guidance about NHS charges in Scotland.

Most NHS treatment is free, although there can be charges for some things. This document tells you what you are entitled to. It also tells you about the help you might get with the cost of the following if you are on a low income:

  • NHS dental treatment;
  • Glasses and contact lenses;
  • necessary costs of travel to an NHS hospital for treatment.

This Document Gives General Guidance Only And Should Not Be Treated As A Complete And Authoritative Statement Of Law.


Email: Elizabeth McLear