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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will express as a percentage of gross cost the estimated income from charges in 1975–76 and 1977–78 for, respectively, dental treatment, ophthalmic treatment, and prescriptions.
Available information, relating to the family practitioner services in England, is as follows:
|1975–76 Per cent.||1977–78* Per cent.|
|Income from dental charges including those for the supply of dentures, in relation to the gross cost of the general dental services||16·0||24·3|
|Income from optical charges in relation to the gross cost of the general ophthalmic services||28·5||37·7|
|Income from prescription charges in relation to the gross cost of the pharmaceutical services||5·8||4·6|