Dental Services : Fees and Charges

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the rate of increase of patient contributions to NHS dental costs has been over the last seven years.

Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the rate of inflation of NHS dental charges to patients.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The two tables below show respectively the actual patient charges that applied, by band, in each of the last seven years and the percentage increase each year that represents, by band.

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

Band 1

£17.00

£17.50

£18.00

£18.50

£18.80

£19.70

£20.60

Band 2

£47.00

£48.00

£49.00

£50.50

£51.30

£53.90

£56.30

Band 3

£204.00

£209.00

£214.00

£219.00

£222.50

£233.70

£244.30

Urgent

£17.00

£17.50

£18.00

£18.50

£18.80

£19.70

£20.60

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

Band 1

-

2.9%

2.9%

2.8%

1.6%

4.8%

4.6%

Band 2

-

2.1%

2.1%

3.1%

1.6%

5.1%

4.5%

Band 3

-

2.5%

2.4%

2.3%

1.6%

5.0%

4.5%

Urgent

-

2.9%

2.9%

2.8%

1.6%

4.8%

4.6%

Source: NHS England

Decisions on increases to National Health Service patient charges, including dental patient charges, are made carefully. Many patients are either exempt or entitled to help with charges. NHS dental patient charges do not apply to children (all those under 18 or under 19 if still in full time education). All pregnant and nursing mothers and those on qualifying benefits are also exempt. In addition, adults who are not in receipt qualifying benefits but are on a low income may qualify for full or partial help with charges through the Low Income Scheme.

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