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Dental Services: Fees and Charges

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS dental patients in each region paid in charges in each year since 1997. (221006)

The National Health Service Information Centre for health and social care published “NHS Expenditure for General Dental Services and Personal Dental Services: England 1997/98-2005/06” on 26 March 2008. This report has already been placed in the Library and is also available at:

The report includes information on primary dental care expenditure by primary care trust (PCT) and strategic health authority (SHA) for 1997-98 to 2005-06 at tables Al and B1 of Annex 3. Table A1 relates to ‘gross’ expenditure and table B1 relates to ‘net’ expenditure. ‘Gross’ expenditure refers to the full cost of the payments recorded; ‘net’ expenditure reflects the cost of these payments to the NHS after the deduction of income from NHS dental charges paid by patients.

This information is based on the old contractual arrangements which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006. Further notes to aid interpretation of the information are shown in the ‘Contents and Notes’ page of Annex 3.

Information on NHS patient charges in England in 2006-07 is available in table D3 of Annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics for England 2006/07” report. Information is provided by PCT and SHA. This information is based on the new contractual arrangements introduced on 1 April 2006.

This report has already been placed in the Library and is available at:

Patient charge data for 2007-08 is expected to be included in the NHS Information Centre report on “NHS Dental Statistics for England 2006/07”, due to be published on 21 August 2008.