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Dental charges rise announced

Posted by Joanne Mellor

The government has announced that the cost of complex dental work being carried out on the NHS is to go up by £5 in the coming months.

Changes to the pricing structure of oral healthcare were revealed by health minister Simon Burns, who outlined the amendments in a written statement to Parliament.

He explained that dental charges represent an important contribution to the overall cost of dental services, adding: “The exact amount raised will be dependent upon the level and type of primary care trusts and the proportion of charge-paying patients who attend dentists and the level of treatment they require.”

A spokesman for the British Medical Association criticised the changes being made by the coalition government and stated that it is “unfair” the cost of care is going to depend on where a person lives in the country, BBC News reported.

Karen Coates, dental advisor at the British Dental Health Foundation, recently said going to the dentist may not be as expensive as some people believe.

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