It has been reported that in the UK almost £1m has been paid out in fines after people were wrongly claiming free treatment. Around 8,000 people had managed to claim free dental treatment, according to the BBC and the majority claiming that they didn’t know that they weren’t eligible to claim the free treatments.
One woman was fined £100 for claiming free treatment whilst on the contribution based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) which doesn’t allow claimants free treatment whilst the income based Jobseekers Allowance does allow free dental treatment. Those under 18 are also eligible for free treatment as those that claim Pension Credit and Support Allowance with only one of those offering free dental care.
The costs of dental care range from approximately £20 to £200 and those that have a private dental plan package will pay a little more but will be able to spread the cost over the course of the year. Some may even have dental insurance with benefits provided with their employer, which are becoming more and more popular.
The following are also eligible for free dental treatment:-
- Children under 18 and also those who are 19 and still in education will be entitled
- Pregnant women who gave birth in the last 12 months
Additionally charges in Scotland are different from the rest of the UK and treatments will vary