Claiming free treatment?
It's your responsibility to check whether you're entitled before you declare that you don't have to pay. If you claim free NHS dental treatment that you're not entitled to, you could be facing a penalty charge of up too £100 - as well as the original treatment charge. An additional charge of up to £50 may apply if you don't pay within the required timescale.
The NHS will cover the cost of your treatment if you:
- are under 18 years old
- are aged 18 in full time education
- are pregnant, or have had a baby in the 12 months before your treatment started
- are included in an award for Income Support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or income based Jobseeker's Allowance
- are included in an award for Universal Credit, and your net earnings for the most recent assessment period must also be £435 or less (or £935 or less if your Universal Credit includes an element for a child or you have limited capability for work)
- are included in an award for Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
- are entitled to, or named on a valid NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate (to be entitled to an NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate, you must be included in an award of child tax credit, or working tax credit with a disability element (or both), and the annual family income used to calculate your tax credit award was £15,276 or less.
- are named on a valid HC2 Certificate for full help with health costs (HC2W in Wales). If you're named on a valid HC3 or HCW3 certificate for partial help, you may be entitled to some help towards the cost of your treatment.