NHS dental charges to rise from April 2019 – here’s what you’ll get for your moneyRita Dune
NHS dental charges to rise from April 2019 – here’s what you’ll get for your money
The cost of dentist services and dental treatments provided by the National Health Service in England and Wales will go up from next month
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New dental charges will be coming into force next month in both England and Wales.
The increases, which come into effect from April 1, will now mean some treatments cost as much as £199.10 (in Wales) and £269.30 (in England).
Although rising in England and Wales, there are currently no immediate plans to raise fee scales by the Scottish Government nor Northern Ireland’s Department of Health, according to Money Saving Expert.
Those receiving free dental treatment on the NHS in England and Wales will also not be affected by the changes, such as anyone under 18 or those receiving certain benefits or tax credits.
Free treatment is also available for those under 19 and in full-time education, as well as pregnant women and mothers who have had a baby in the last 12 months.
According to recent NHS figures, around 55% of adults are currently automatically exempt from all dental patient charges.
In Wales, this also includes those under 25 or 60 and over who are eligible for free dental examinations – a concession not currently available in England.
The new dental charges, which are significantly lower in Wales than in England, have however been slammed by the British Dental Association.
A spokesperson told Teeside Live that “patients are being singled out to pay more” – which may result in them avoiding appointments.
Revised NHS dental charges for 2019/20 in Wales (and England) are as follows:
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This covers an examination, diagnosis and general advice.
If necessary, Band 1 treatment may also include x-rays, a scale and polish as well as planning for further treatment.
In Wales, this will be increasing by 30p from £14 to £14.30.
Those in England can now expect to pay £22.70 though – a £1.10 increase on the previous cost of £21.60.
This includes everything in Band 1, as well as further treatments such as fillings, root canal treatment and removing teeth (extractions).
From April 1 2019, it will cost £46 – a slight increase on the previous £45.
Band 2 however increases by £3.00 from £59.10 to £62.10 in England.
This band covers all treatment included in Bands 1 and 2 – plus more complex procedures such as crowns, dentures and bridges.
Currently costing £195, patients will need to pay an additional £4.10 next month when the price rises to £199.10.
In England, this Band (previously £256.50) will soon cost £269.30 – an additional £12.80.
Why the increase?
A Welsh Government spokesman told North Wales Live: “NHS dental patient charges in Wales will increase by 2.1% from 1 April and are an important contribution to the overall cost of NHS dental services.
“All the income raised is invested in improving NHS primary care dental services.”
The spokesperson added that those who do not automatically qualify for free dental care, may be able to receive full or partial help through the NHS Low Income Scheme.
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