The HC1 form is available in English in England. For those whose first language is not English a telephone translation service is provided via any of the telephone numbers in the publicity material. The cost of advertising the availability of form HC1 is not identified separately. It is included in the range of ‘Help with Health Cost’ material produced. There is no record of the number of people who obtain from HC1. Forms may be ordered by individuals from Department’s publications order line 08701 555 455. Forms are also ordered in bulk by national health service and other bodies for individuals to obtain from NHS practitioners, NHS hospitals, or Jobcentre Plus offices or citizens advice bureau. The numbers distributed in the past five years are shown in the table.
Volume 2001-02 2,196,057 2002-03 1,986,232 2003-04 1,924,258 2004-05 1,681,846 2005-06 1,515,389