NHS dental charges 2020-2021 up by 5% from 14th December

24th November 2020 | Posted by: Christopher Hilling

From 14th December 2020, NHS fees increase by 5%.

The increase comes after a freeze of NHS dental fees because of the coronavirus lockdown and closure of dental practices.

“The 5% increase marks the fifth and final year of the Spending Review 2015 commitment to annually uplift dental patient charges by 5% for the duration of the Spending Review period.”

UK Parliament Statement UIN HCWS593, 23 November, 2020

Following a six-month freeze, the dental charge payable for a Band 1 course of treatment rises by £1.10, from £22.70 to £23.80. A Band 2 course of treatment increases by £3.10 from £62.10 to £65.20. A Band 3 course of treatment increases by £13.50 from £269.30 to £282.80.

NHS dental fees (patient charges) for 2020-2021 were not adjusted until December 2020 this year. Until then, the NHS dental charges remained at the 2019-2020 rate.*

 

Dental Treatment Band 2020-21 Charge 2019-20 Charge Increase %
Band One £23.80 £22.70 £1.10 5%
Band Two £65.20 £62.10 £3.10 5%
Band Three £282.80 £269.30 £13.50 5%

 

A ministerial decision froze dental patient charges at 2019-20 levels for six months until December 2020. Usually the fees are adjusted for April 1st each year. The decision was made in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you would like further details about treatment under the NHS (National Health Service), please contact your nearest practice.

Important information:

About previous patient charges – 2019-20:

*Please note: As at 9th April 2020, there was a freeze on NHS dental fees.  There did not appear to be any legislation published for this ministerial decision, but it was reported on the government’s NHS BSA dental portal in the April 2020 Dentist Bulletin.

* Please also note: Some SpaDental practices are only able to see private patients because they do not hold a contract with the NHS. Our private only practices, offer a range of dental plans to spread the cost of of treatment over monthly payments.







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