One of the most commonly asked questions at Hillbrook is regarding who is entitled to FREE NHS dental treatment. In order to make it easier for our patients, we have compiled a list of these exemptions:
You are entitled to free NHS dental services if on the first day of treatment:
- You are under the age of 18
- You are 18 years of age and in full time education.
- You are pregnant
- You have had a baby in the last 12 months
- You are currently in prison or a young offenders institution.
You are also entitled to free NHS dental services if (during the course of treatment) you get, or are included in, an award (as a claimant, partner or dependant person under 20). These are as follows:
- Income support (Incapacity benefit and Disability Living allowance DO NOT count)
- Income-based Jobseekers allowance (Contribution-based DOES NOT count)
- Income-related employment & support allowance (Contribution-related DOES NOT count)
- Pension credit guarantee credit (Savings credit on its own DOES NOT count)
- Universal credit (In the last assessment period there were no earnings, or earnings were within the allowed limit, please check at www.nhs.uk/healthcosts)
These are the only benefits that entitle you to free NHS dental services.
You are fully exempt or partially exempt if you are also named on the following:
- HC2 certificate
- HC3 certificate (Partial exemption)
- NHS tax credit exemption certificate/card.
If you do no fit this criteria, NHS treatment must be paid for in full. Incorrectly claimed exemptions will result in up to £100 fine + the cost of the treatment.