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Nhs Dental Treatment

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the average cost of a course of NHS dental treatment per patient liable to full charge in each year since 1979.

The information is shown in the table.

General Dental Services (GDS)—England
YearPatients liable to full chargePatients wholly exempt or remitted
Average Cost (£)Average Cost (£)
197913·3215·48
198016·2619·20
198118·1326·14
198219·3827·71
198320·1034·42
198421·4937·07
198521·7039·19
1986–8723·4642·64
1987–8825·8445·13
1988–8928·4649·23
1989–9030·2447·48
1990–91n/an/a
1991–9231·8351·69
1992–93n/an/a

Notes:

1. Data from 1979 to 1985 are shown in calendar years. Thereafter they are shown in financial years.

2. Data for 1990–91 are not available as the introduction of the new dental contract interrupted the data series.

3. Data for 1992–93 are not yet available.

4. The small number of courses of treatment where charges were partly remitted has not been included in the calculations.

5. Before 1 January 1989 dental examinations did not attract a patient charge. Therefore, a course of dental treatment which included only a dental examination did not attact a patient charge. Such courses of dental treatment have been allocated in this table to the appropriate category whether the patient was liable to charges or not.