NHS dental charges in England will rise 5% for each of the next two years, the Government has announced, while prescriptions will also rise this year.
Dental charges in England will rise by 5% both in 2016/17 and in 2017/18. This means the following price hikes:
Band 1 (eg, examinations) will rise by 80p in 2016/17 from £18.90 to £19.70, and by 90p in 2017/18 from £19.70 to £20.60.
Band 2 (eg, a filling) will rise by £2.60 in 2016/17 from £51.30 to £53.90, and by £2.40 in 2017/18 from £53.90 to £56.30.
Band 3 (eg, a crown) will rise by £11.20 in 2016/17 from £222.50 to £233.70, and by £10.60 in 2017/18 from £233.70 to £244.30.
A Department of Health spokesperson says: “Raising charges will always be a difficult decision, but these increases for those who can pay means income can be reinvested into the NHS, as part of our vision for a safer, seven day service. We will continue to protect those on the lowest incomes and children, ensuring they receive free NHS dental treatment.”
Northern Ireland and Scotland have yet to announce dental prices for 2016/17, while Wales says it won’t announce dental charges until after its general election in May.