New NHS dental charges coming into effect April 2016 and April 2017

MP Alistair Burt

MP Alistair Burt

On 11th March 2016 new regulations (HCWS606) have been brought before Parliament by The Rt Hon Alistair Burt (Minister of State for Community and Social Care) in order to increase the fees paid by patients for NHS dental care.

This had come about as a result of the Spending Review in 2015 which highlighted areas where efficiency savings could be made and where investment should be made within the NHS. The Government’s commitment to support the Five Year Forward view meant that £10 billion would be invested by 2020-21 BUT conversely current NHS resources should be used as efficiently as possible leading to efficiency savings.

As a result the NHS dental charges will be increased by 5% in April 2016, and 2017.

This would mean charges to patients would be as follows:

From April 2016

Band 1 – £19.70
Band 2 – £53.90
Band 3 – £233.70

From April 2017

Band 1 – £20.60
Band 2 – £56.30
Band 3 – £244.30

NHS treatment is to remain free for:

1)     Under 18s
2)     Those ages 19 and in full time education
3)     Pregnant women or women who’ve had a baby in past 12 months
4)     Those qualifying for low income benefits

Partial or full help for payments could be available via the NHS Low Income Scheme for those who do not qualify for these exemptions.

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