The Department of Health has announced that prescription costs and dental charges are to be increased in England from 1st April.
The cost of prescribed medicines will increase 15p from £8.05 to £8.20.
However, the cost of a prescription prepayment certificate – which allows you to pay for long-term medication – has been frozen. A three-month certificate costs £29.10, while an annual certificate will set you back £104.
Prescriptions are free in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
As for dental charges, the cost of a band one course of treatment, which includes an examination, will jump from £18.50 to £18.80
Meanwhile, the cost of a band two course of treatment, such as fillings and root canal treatment, will rise 80p to £51.30 from £50.50. Finally, the cost of a band three course of treatment, such as crowns and dentures, will increase by £3.50 from £219 to £222.50.
Wigs and fabric charges are going up too
Charges for wigs and fabric supports are also being increased by 1.6%.
As a result a surgical brassiere will set you back £27.45, an abdominal or spinal support will cost £41.50, a stock modacrylic wig will cost £67.75, a partial human hair wig will cost £179.45 and a full, bespoke human hair wig will set you back £262.45.
In more positive news, the value of NHS optical vouchers (which are available to children, people on low incomes and those with complex sight problems) are being increased by 1%.
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