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02 NEWS Show Tribune United Kingdom Edition | 1/2018 Government only one to profit from higher NHS charges By DTI increases LONDON, UK: The government is expected to gain tens of millions of pounds from dental practices owing to recent in charges, the British Dental Associ- ation (BDA) has said. According to a recent analysis by the organisa- tion, the Ministry of Health are to collect an estimated £40 million in profits by the time of the next general election in 2022 from NHS-funded treatment. AD The BDA said that the latest hikes have reached levels that now exceed the price dentists are paid to provide services. 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The BDA said that the latest hikes have reached levels that now exceed the price dentists are paid to provide services, and while rev- enue from patients is now increas- ing as a proportion of the overall dental budget, contributions from general taxation are in long-term decline. “When patients put in more towards their care than govern- ment pays to provide it, NHS charges cease to be a ‘fair contribu- tion’ and become a bad joke,” said Chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee Dr Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen. “This absurd situation has been fuelled by in- flation-busting increases, and flat- lining budgets.” According to the government, the latest adjustment in treatment fees is estimated to provide addi- tional funds of more than £72 mil- lion over the next year. However, while charges have been rising at an inflation-bust- ing pace, the BDA said, payments to dentists to provide services have increased by an average of just 1 per cent per year since 2010. “These hikes don’t go to den- tists, aren’t supporting needed investment or improving access. They are becoming a nice little earner for ministers, which ac- tively discourage the patients who most need our care,” Overgaard- Nielsen said. Since the start of April, charges for all types of dental care services have increased by an average of 5 per cent for the new fiscal year. Fees for Band 1 treatments have risen from £20.60 to £21.60, while Band 2 treatments have seen a hike to £59.10. Band 3 courses of treat- ment now cost £256.50 instead of previously £244.30. – regular e-news delivered to your inbox – individualized content according to your specialty & region – latest industry developments – event specials – exclusive interviews with key opinion leaders – product information – clinical cases – job adverts Sign up to the fi nest e-read in dentistry © Stokkete/

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