National Health Service Charges: no change on optical voucher values set in 2009
Mr Simon Burns, The Minister of State, Department of Health announced that regulations have been laid before Parliament to increase certain national health service charges in England from 1 April 2011. But these will not affect optical services.
Voucher values which provide a level of help for those in designated catagories† continue at the rates effective since 1 April 2009.† Find out more about voucher values.
However, there will be an increase in the prescription charge of 20p from £7.20 to £7.40 for each quantity of a drug or appliance dispensed.
The cost of a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) will rise to £29.10 for a three-month certificate. The cost of the annual certificate will remain at £104. PPCs offer savings for those needing four or more items in three months or more than 14 items in one year.
Dental charges also see a raise with regulations laid to increase NHS dental charges from 1 April 2011. The dental charge payable for a band 1 course of treatment will increase by 50p from £16.50 to £17. The dental charge for a band 2 course of treatment will increase by £1.40 from £45.60 to £47. The charge for a band 3 course of treatment will increase by £6 from £198 to £204.
The Minister said that dental charges represent an important contribution to the overall cost of dental services. The exact amount raised will be dependent upon the level and type of primary dental care services commissioned by primary care trusts and the proportion of charge-paying patients who attend dentists and the level of treatment they require.