Dentistry

Health written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of dental treatment in (a) Brent, (b) London and (c) England was in each year since 1997.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (Health)

The average costs of a course of dental treatment in the general dental service for adults and children in England, London and Brent and Harrow Health Authority (HA) for each financial year are shown in Table 1 for the period 1997–98 to the first half of 2002–03 and for Brent Primary Care Trust (PCT) for the second half of 2002–03 in Table 2.

These costs are for payment made to the dentist for dental treatment. These include the patient charges where applicable. They exclude patient registration payments to the dentists. Some patients may have more than one course of treatment in a year.

The averages for children excludes courses of treatment involving an examination only, which are not paid for separately but covered by the patient registration payment to dentists.

Table 1: General Dental Service—Average cost of dental treatment for 1997–98 to 2002–03 first half -- £
England London Brent and HarrowHealth Authority
Children Adult Children Adult Children Adult
1997–98 26.1 32.5 36.2 47.2 36.6 45.7
1998–99 28.5 33.5 39.1 48.8 32.8 47.7
1999–2000 29.9 34.8 42.3 51.7 34.0 50.6
2000–01 32.0 35.5 45.7 52.9 37.2 52.6
2001–02 34.5 36.3 48.3 54.7 40.9 54.3
2002–03(12) 35.7 37.4 49.0 57.2 42.2 56.2

(12) Covers period from 30 April 2002 to 30 September 2002.

Source:

Dental Practice Board.

Table 2: General Dental Service—Average cost of dental treatment for 2002–03 second half -- £
2002–03(13)
Children Adult
England 37.5 37.2
London 50.8 56.1
Brent PCT 39.1 55.4

(13) Covers period from 31 October 2002 to 31 March 2003.

Source:

Dental Practice Board.

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