Publication - Factsheet

Help with health costs (HCS1): information booklet - August 2021

Published: 24 Aug 2021
From:
Tim Mcdonnell
Directorate:
Primary Care Directorate
Part of:
Health and social care
ISBN:
9781802012347

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

Help with health costs (HCS1): information booklet - August 2021
Travel Costs (to hospital for NHS treatment)

Travel Costs (to hospital for NHS treatment)

You can get help with necessary travel costs (including travel costs for your dependent children) if you:

  • get or are included in an award of someone getting:
    • Income Support;
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) paid on its own or with contribution-based ESA:
    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) paid on its own or with contribution-based JSA;
    • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit paid on its own or with Savings Credit:
      • Universal Credit;
      • and had no earnings or net earnings (take-home pay) of £435 or less during the most recent assessment period; or
      • which includes an element for a child and/or limited capability for work or limited capability for work related activity, and had no earnings (take-home pay) or net earnings of £935 or less during the most recent assessment period;
      • are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate;
      • are named on a valid HC2 certificate for full help under the NHS Low Income Scheme;
      • are a war pensioner and the hospital treatment is for your pensionable disablement.

Note: contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance or contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance on their own do not entitle you to help with travel costs.

  • For children under 16 and those aged 16 to 18.

Partial help:

  • if you are named on a valid HC3 certificate you might get some help with travel costs.

Contact

Email: elizabeth.mclear@gov.scot