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Dental Services: Fees and Charges

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average payment was to orthodontists supplying dental braces to those under the age of 18 years by the NHS in the latest period for which figures are available; and what comparison he has made with the average payment for such private work. (206606)

This information is not available. Since April 2006, primary care dentists including orthodontists are paid on the basis of the overall level of patient care they provide each year rather then on the basis of set fees for individual treatments. Primary care trusts set contract values and service level requirements locally. The levels of patient care delivered are then measured by weighting the courses of treatment provided by each dentist according to their relative complexity and whether they included the provision of any appliances including dental braces. The Department does not collect data on charges levied by dentists for private dental treatments.