Dental charges increase
The cost of some NHS dental treatments in England are to increase from 1 April along with a 10p hike on prescription charges.
The maximum charge for complex NHS dental treatments, such as the fitting of crowns, bridges or dentures will be frozen at the existing rate of £198.
For the simplest and most common visits to the dentist, involving an examination, advice and any necessary X-rays or scale and polish, the charge will go up by 30p from £16.20 to £16.50.
The charge for intermediate treatments such as fillings or extractions will increase by £1 from £44.60 to £45.60.
The prescription charge exemption for people being treated for cancer, the effects of cancer, or the effects of cancer treatment also comes into force from April.
This new scheme will benefit up to 150,000 people already diagnosed with cancer, who might otherwise pay around £100 a year in prescription charges.