As at the start of previous financial years, regulations will today be laid before Parliament to increase certain National Health Service charges in England from 1 April 2017.
The prescription charge will increase by 20 pence from £8.40 to £8.60 for each medicine or appliance dispensed. To ensure that those with the greatest need, including patients with long-term conditions, are protected the cost of the prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) have been frozen for another year. The 3 month PPC remains at £29.10 and the cost of the annual PPC will stay at £104, allowing unlimited prescriptions within a specified time period. Taken together, this means prescription charges are expected to rise broadly in line with inflation.
As part of a two year settlement announced last year, the patient charges for NHS dental care in 2017/18 will be as follows:
- a band one course of treatment and urgent treatment will increase by 90p from £19.70 to £20.60;
- a band two course of treatment will increase by £2.40 from £53.90 to £56.30
- a band three course of treatment will increase by £10.60 from £233.70 to £244.30.
The maximum band three charge is for the approximately 5 per cent of treatments that include items such as crowns or bridges.