18th August 2010
Public reminded of increase in prescription and dental charges
The Department of Health wishes to remind members of the public that from Wednesday, 1st September 2010 changes will come into effect in relation to NHS prescriptions and dental treatment charges, following the approval of Tynwald in its July sitting this year.
Prescription charges will increase from £3.25 to £3.85 per item dispensed.
Dental treatment charges will increase as follows:-
1. £15.50 to £16.50 for Band 1 treatment which covers routine examinations, x-rays, a scale and polish and urgent and out of hours care;
2. £42.40 to £45.60 for Band 2 treatment which covers all the necessary treatment covered by Band 1 PLUS filings, root canal treatments and extractions; and
3. £189.00 to £198.00 for Band 3 treatment which covers all the necessary treatment covered by Band 1 and Band 2 PLUS more complex procedures such as crowns, dentures and bridges.
Both sets of charges were last reviewed in 2006.
The categories of patients exempt from paying such charges are set out below.
In addition, as far as prescription charges are concerned, patients who are in receipt of regular medication and who are not exempt can purchase a pre-payment certificate either for a four-month period at a cost of £19.00 or a twelve-month period at a cost of £54.00.
This enables the patient to have as many prescriptions dispensed during that period as required, without any further charges being levied.
The prescription charge in the Isle of Man remains significantly lower than that in England, which currently stands at £7.20 per item.
Detailed below are the details of those patients who are exempt from NHS charges for prescription charges and dental charges:
Exemptions from prescription charges:
- Children under 16
Full time students under 19
- Persons aged 60 or over
- Persons in receipt of Income Support and their dependants
- Persons in receipt of Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Persons in receipt of Incapacity Benefit for a period in excess of six months
- Persons in receipt of Family Income Supplements for a period in excess of three months
- Persons in receipt of Disability Working Allowance
- War Service Disablement Pensioners
- Chronic sick, who have been in constant need of medical attention for six months or longer and who are not in substantial employment
- Registered Blind Persons
- Women who are pregnant
- Women who have given birth within the previous twelve months
- Persons suffering from the following conditions, irrespective of income or employment circumstances:
i. Permanent fistula (including caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy or ilestomy) requiring continuous surgical dressing or an appliance.
ii. the following disorders:
- Forms of hypoadrenalism (including Addison’s Disease) for which specific substitution therapy is essential,
- Diabetes insipidus and other forms of hypopituitarism,
- Diabetes mellitus except where treatment is by diet alone
- Myasthenia gravis
- Epilepsy requiring continuous anti-convulsive therapy
iv. a continuing physical disability which prevents the patient from leaving his residence without the help of another person
- Exemptions from Dental Charges
- Persons aged under 18
- Full time students under 19
- Expecting a baby when treatment starts
- Have had a baby within the last 12 months
- A woman aged 60 as at 1st September 2005
- Persons aged over 65
- Receive, or partner receives, Income Supports, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Family Income Supplement or Disability Working Allowance
- Are a War Pensioner
- Are registered blind
- Patients not falling within the above categories may be able to get help with NHS treatment on low income grounds. Each case is assessed on its individual merits.
In addition, no prescription charge is payable for contraceptive appliances and contraceptive substances which are prescribed for women under the NHS