Households to be hit with dental and prescription price hikes
Dental and prescription prices in England will rise from 1 April, the Government has announced today.
The price of a single prescription will rise by 20p from £8.20 to £8.40, while charges for wigs and fabric supports will rise by 1.7% overall.
NHS optical vouchers, which are available for children, people on low incomes and individuals with complex sight problems, will rise by 1% overall.
The cost of the three-month prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) – for those who buy more than three prescriptions in three months - remains at £29.10 and the cost of the annual PPC – for those who buy more than 12 prescriptions in a month - will stay at £104.
A Department of Health spokesperson says:"Ninety per cent of prescription items remain free and the 20p increase — only for people who can pay, with protection for those on low incomes — means money can be reinvested into the NHS, as part of our vision for a safer, seven day service.
Prescriptions have been free in Northern Ireland since 2010, free in Scotland since 2011, and free in Wales since 2007.
Dental charges will rise by 5%
Dental charges in England will rise by 5% both in 2016/17 and in 2017/18. This means the following price hikes:
- Update: 14 March 2016: The Government gave us incorrect information on 11 March 2016. Band 1 (eg, examinations) will rise by 90p (not 80p as we were originally told) in 2016/17 from £18.80 (not £18.90 as we were originally told) 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.