Dental charges in England to rise by a further 5%
17 March 2017
The Government yesterday confirmed its intention to raise dental charges in England by a further 5% from 1 April, following last year's 5% rise.
The BDA was highly critical of the increases when they were first announced last year noting that they risked putting patients off visiting the dentist and undermining the relationship between patients and practitioners. Since then it has revealed the impact current charges are having on other NHS services, with patients seeking care at their GP or A&E.
As a result of the rise in charges a band one course of treatment and urgent treatment will increase by 90p from £19.70 to £20.60, a band two course of treatment will increase by £2.40 from £53.90 to £56.30, and a band three course of treatment will increase by £10.60 from £233.70 to £244.30 Band 1A charges in respect of interim care courses of treatment provided by contractors participating in the Prototype Agreement Scheme are also increased from £19.70 to £20.60, in line with the Band 1 charge.
Earlier this week the BDA warned the Welsh Government against following in England's footsteps in using charge increases to mask gaps funding, after it announced above-inflation rises for all three charge bands.
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