Going to an NHS dentist in Surrey is about to cost you even more

March 13, 2018
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The cost of a basic check-up at your dentist has been hiked again by the government, taking the cost of getting your teeth poked and being told to floss more up to £21.60.

The increase of £1 is the third annual above inflation increase of around 5% in England and comes after funding from general taxation has been repeatedly cut.

The hike will mean charges for items such as crowns or dentures will rise from £244.30 to £256.50.

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Last year the rates also increased – with a band one course of treatment and urgent treatment irising by 90p from £19.70 to £20.60.

The British Dental Association (BDA) said the latest increases are a cover for cuts to state funding and will mean the poorest going without vital treatment.

According to the Mirror , this means patients will be paying an extra £72 million a year towards dental services.

Current NHS dental charges

Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care.

The information on this page explains what you may have to pay for your NHS dental treatment.

Emergency dental treatment – £20.60
This covers emergency care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling.

Band 1 course of treatment – £20.60
This covers an examination, diagnosis (including X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if clinically needed, and preventative care such as the application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant if appropriate.

Band 2 course of treatment – £56.30
This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or removal of teeth but not more complex items covered by Band 3.

Band 3 course of treatment – £244.30
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.

Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, chairman of the British Dental Association, said: “These unprecedented charge hikes are self-defeating, and simply discourage the patients who need us most from seeing an NHS dentist.

“Cost is a huge barrier to many patients on moderate incomes. The result is patients bottling up problems and requiring more extensive treatment which hurts their health and costs the NHS millions.”

The Tories quietly announced the price rise on the government website late on Friday afternoon (March 9).

Patients in England already pay higher charges for basic care, and contribute a larger share of the dental budget than in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

An estimated one in five patients have delayed treatment due to cost implications.

Tooth decay is now the top reason for children turning up at AE and increasing numbers of dental surgeries are closed to NHS patients.


Around 135,000 patients a year attend AE with dental problems.

Mr Overgaard-Nielsen added: “We are health professionals, not tax collectors.

“These hikes don’t go to us or towards improving the services our patients receive, they simply provide cover for cuts in state contributions.

“Prevention works in dentistry but we can’t deliver that focus when government keeps choosing quick savings over sustainable investment.”

Patients in England already pay higher charges for basic care
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More than 11,000 people a week are turning up at their GPs with toothache.

The BDA estimates these appointments cost the NHS more than £26 million a year.

Keep up to date with the latest news from around the county via the free Get Surrey app.

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Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/going-nhs-dentist-surrey-cost-14399175


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Going to an NHS dentist in Surrey is about to cost you even more

March 13, 2018
By

The cost of a basic check-up at your dentist has been hiked again by the government, taking the cost of getting your teeth poked and being told to floss more up to £21.60.

The increase of £1 is the third annual above inflation increase of around 5% in England and comes after funding from general taxation has been repeatedly cut.

The hike will mean charges for items such as crowns or dentures will rise from £244.30 to £256.50.

Read More

More NHS news

Last year the rates also increased – with a band one course of treatment and urgent treatment irising by 90p from £19.70 to £20.60.

The British Dental Association (BDA) said the latest increases are a cover for cuts to state funding and will mean the poorest going without vital treatment.

According to the Mirror , this means patients will be paying an extra £72 million a year towards dental services.

Current NHS dental charges

Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care.

The information on this page explains what you may have to pay for your NHS dental treatment.

Emergency dental treatment – £20.60
This covers emergency care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling.

Band 1 course of treatment – £20.60
This covers an examination, diagnosis (including X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if clinically needed, and preventative care such as the application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant if appropriate.

Band 2 course of treatment – £56.30
This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or removal of teeth but not more complex items covered by Band 3.

Band 3 course of treatment – £244.30
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.

Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, chairman of the British Dental Association, said: “These unprecedented charge hikes are self-defeating, and simply discourage the patients who need us most from seeing an NHS dentist.

“Cost is a huge barrier to many patients on moderate incomes. The result is patients bottling up problems and requiring more extensive treatment which hurts their health and costs the NHS millions.”

The Tories quietly announced the price rise on the government website late on Friday afternoon (March 9).

Patients in England already pay higher charges for basic care, and contribute a larger share of the dental budget than in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

An estimated one in five patients have delayed treatment due to cost implications.

Tooth decay is now the top reason for children turning up at AE and increasing numbers of dental surgeries are closed to NHS patients.

Around 135,000 patients a year attend AE with dental problems.

Mr Overgaard-Nielsen added: “We are health professionals, not tax collectors.

“These hikes don’t go to us or towards improving the services our patients receive, they simply provide cover for cuts in state contributions.

“Prevention works in dentistry but we can’t deliver that focus when government keeps choosing quick savings over sustainable investment.”

Patients in England already pay higher charges for basic care
(Image: Getty Images)

More than 11,000 people a week are turning up at their GPs with toothache.

The BDA estimates these appointments cost the NHS more than £26 million a year.

Keep up to date with the latest news from around the county via the free Get Surrey app.

You can set up your app to see all the latest news and events from your area, plus receive push notifications for breaking news.

Available to download from the App Store or Google Play for Android .

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/going-nhs-dentist-surrey-cost-14399175


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