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airey Avatar
2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
Anybody know anything about this?

Went in for a check up today and paid the £18.50 band one charge upfront. Told I now need a filling which is band two at £50.50 which I've booked an appointment for next week.

How much should I be charged in total, £50.50 or £69.00?

I've read the NHS website but its not entirely clear in this situation...

If you have completed one course of treatment but you need another treatment, you do not have to pay again if:

•You need more treatment within the same or a lower charge band (such as another filling) within two months of completing a course of treatment. As long as you discussed the problem with the dentist during that time, they will try to fit you in as soon as possible. However, if they have to offer you a later appointment, you should not be charged again.

•You need repair work or a replacement for certain types of restoration within a year of the original work being done. You should return to the same dentist.
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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
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#1
£50.50
#2
chocci
£50.50
^This.
#3
chocci
£50.50

Thanks, thought so, just wanted confirmation in case they try to charge both.

Edited By: airey on Jul 11, 2014 16:48
#4
50. I had a similar experience last month,
#5
chocci
£50.50


yea I had a tooth out n couple of fillings n total was 50.50...
plus the filling fell out 3 weeks later and they put a white one in for free. Guaranteed for a year aswell
#6
I think the NHS cutbacks have gone too far...

I didn't even get a sticker at the dentist today..
#7
airey
chocci
£50.50

Thanks, thought so, just wanted confirmation in case they try to charge both.

They can't charge both, the charge comes up automatically.
NHS charges can't be changed by dental practices.
:)
#8
As others as said, just the band 2.

I get my monies worth now, last time I went in the waiting room they did have a box full of small toothpaste tube samples.
As I said, they DID have a box full!
#9
Chiptivo
As others as said, just the band 2.

I get my monies worth now, last time I went in the waiting room they did have a box full of small toothpaste tube samples.
As I said, they DID have a box full!

Believe me, dental practices have samples coming out of their ears, they are generally overjoyed to see another box emptied. :)
#10
john2020md
I think the NHS cutbacks have gone too far...

I didn't even get a sticker at the dentist today..
Im sure if you had parked in the wrong spot the parking warden would have gladly given you one :D
#11
as others have said, the original payment is taken off your final bill(whatever band your treatment falls into)

however, my previous lot of treatment at the dentist(about 5 years ago) charged me for both. When i had a filling the other week, i was advised the original consultation fee would be deducted from the overall cost
#12
arachnoid
john2020md
I think the NHS cutbacks have gone too far...

I didn't even get a sticker at the dentist today..
Im sure if you had parked in the wrong spot the parking warden would have gladly given you one :D
:)
#13
If your first appointment was an "emergency appointment" I.e you called in because you were in pain . Then you will pay £50.50 in your next appointment. (£69 in total)!
#14
ebZan
If your first appointment was an "emergency appointment" I.e you called in because you were in pain . Then you will pay £50.50 in your next appointment. (£69 in total)!

Not necessarily.
If the dentist does it as part of a treatment plan.
Pain appointments sometimes include an exam, which comes under band one, then follow up appointments of band 2 or 3.
So in England the total charge will be £50.50 for a band 2 treatment, if it includes the initial pain assessment with exam.

It always depends on the individual person and the initial assessment.
#15
Teeth_Extractor
ebZan
If your first appointment was an "emergency appointment" I.e you called in because you were in pain . Then you will pay £50.50 in your next appointment. (£69 in total)!

Not necessarily.
If the dentist does it as part of a treatment plan.
Pain appointments sometimes include an exam, which comes under band one, then follow up appointments of band 2 or 3.
So in England the total charge will be £50.50 for a band 2 treatment, if it includes the initial pain assessment with exam.

It always depends on the individual person and the initial assessment.


my dentist always charges me individual fees... :(
#16
not an answer to this question but , you may not need to have an injection when you have a filling . i dont and havent for over 10 years i had my crown refitted and drilled only a few weeks ago . i just take a couple of paracetamal 20 mins befor app and dont feel a thing..and you wont be charged an arm and leg for an injection that you dont need ,saving you loads of money :)
#17
ruthyroo123
not an answer to this question but , you may not need to have an injection when you have a filling . i dont and havent for over 10 years i had my crown refitted and drilled only a few weeks ago . i just take a couple of paracetamal 20 mins befor app and dont feel a thing..and you wont be charged an arm and leg for an injection that you dont need ,saving you loads of money :)

I'm not sure where you get your dental treatment done, but you don't get charged any extra for injections anywhere I've ever worked. And I've worked in a fair few practices across England and Wales.
An injection is included within the NHS band charge, regardless of whether you have it or not.
It's another thing that's patient dependent. If you need numbing, you need numbing. Everyone's pain threshold is different.
All private practices I've worked at will not charge you extra to have anaesthetic either. :|
#18
ebZan
Teeth_Extractor
ebZan
If your first appointment was an "emergency appointment" I.e you called in because you were in pain . Then you will pay £50.50 in your next appointment. (£69 in total)!

Not necessarily.
If the dentist does it as part of a treatment plan.
Pain appointments sometimes include an exam, which comes under band one, then follow up appointments of band 2 or 3.
So in England the total charge will be £50.50 for a band 2 treatment, if it includes the initial pain assessment with exam.

It always depends on the individual person and the initial assessment.


my dentist always charges me individual fees... :(

:(
That's something that is down to whether you were due your checkup or not.
My dentist will always check, to try and save patients money.
#19
Hi Airey, i agree with the consensus here that it's £50.50.
Might be worth signing up to a SimplyHealth cash plan (NOT the specific dental plan as you can't claim immediately for that one) for a few months, save you a bit of cash. I'm getting a filling done myself on Monday :( but signing up for this will save me a bit :)

They do a referral thingy if you're interested - I get some vouchers for referring you and you get two months free. You can even claim back what you've paid if you have/get a receipt for it. If you fancy this referral thing, PM me and i'll sort it out.
Just google Simplyhealth if you want to check it out first, it's all on the level.

Good luck with the filling - can't say i'm looking forward to mine! And for those discussing whether you get an injection, i've been told that i will get one as the filling will be close to the nerve :| so i guess each case is different.



Edited By: dealpickle on Jul 13, 2014 01:56: Forgot a bit of info.
#20
I paid £19 for a check up and then 31.50 when I went back for my filling. how does that work? I pay for my prescriptions and everything, i don't receive any benefits, but it seems like they took the price of the check up off the price of the filling? This was in December last year.

Edited By: danyelle on Jul 13, 2014 02:56
#21
dealpickle
Hi Airey, i agree with the consensus here that it's £50.50.
Might be worth signing up to a SimplyHealth cash plan (NOT the specific dental plan as you can't claim immediately for that one) for a few months, save you a bit of cash. I'm getting a filling done myself on Monday :( but signing up for this will save me a bit :)

They do a referral thingy if you're interested - I get some vouchers for referring you and you get two months free. You can even claim back what you've paid if you have/get a receipt for it. If you fancy this referral thing, PM me and i'll sort it out.
Just google Simplyhealth if you want to check it out first, it's all on the level.

Good luck with the filling - can't say i'm looking forward to mine! And for those discussing whether you get an injection, i've been told that i will get one as the filling will be close to the nerve :| so i guess each case is different.




I looked at this a few months back, my MIL and her partner have simply health and use it quite a bit.
One thing i wonder though is if I buy glasses, it says I need to send the bill to them (simply health) on headed paper from wherever I had treatment, what if I only had a receipt from the shop? can you say to specsavers I need a formal printed out confirmation of my payment for glasses, or ask a dentist for the same thing, so you can claim?
#22
danyelle
I paid £19 for a check up and then 31.50 when I went back for my filling. how does that work? I pay for my prescriptions and everything, i don't receive any benefits, but it seems like they took the price of the check up off the price of the filling? This was in December last year.
thats how it is meant to work
#23
Teeth_Extractor
ebZan
Teeth_Extractor
ebZan
If your first appointment was an "emergency appointment" I.e you called in because you were in pain . Then you will pay £50.50 in your next appointment. (£69 in total)!

Not necessarily.
If the dentist does it as part of a treatment plan.
Pain appointments sometimes include an exam, which comes under band one, then follow up appointments of band 2 or 3.
So in England the total charge will be £50.50 for a band 2 treatment, if it includes the initial pain assessment with exam.

It always depends on the individual person and the initial assessment.


my dentist always charges me individual fees... :(

:(
That's something that is down to whether you were due your checkup or not.
My dentist will always check, to try and save patients money.

they have become crafty at mine, now you have to pay first at the reception before you can go in. sometimes they make you when you just made an appointment
#24
NHS charges work different in Scotland and England, Scotland we pay per item up to a maximum of approx £384 (its been a while since ive worked in surgery) Check ups are free for us and were now registered for life, but i know in England you have a 3 band system, so for someone getting a lot of work it benefits them to be in england, for someone not really needing much then scotland is better.
#25
be thankful you get discounted dental work at all. private is £45 + for a consultation, £280 for a filling, and £1200 for a root canal! getting a place with an NHS dentist taks months and months, if not years, if you're not already on the list.

Edited By: fuhu78888 on Jul 13, 2014 15:50
#26
fuhu78888
be thankful you get discounted dental work at all. private is £45 + for a consultation, £280 for a filling, and £1200 for a root canal! getting a place with an NHS dentist taks months and months, if not years, if you're not already on the list.

That purely depends where you are... I regularly see signs up in dentists in my city saying they're taking on more NHS patients.
#27
callum9999
fuhu78888
be thankful you get discounted dental work at all. private is £45 + for a consultation, £280 for a filling, and £1200 for a root canal! getting a place with an NHS dentist taks months and months, if not years, if you're not already on the list.

That purely depends where you are... I regularly see signs up in dentists in my city saying they're taking on more NHS patients.
+1

took me 2 calls to get on a dentists nhs list
#28
ebZan
Teeth_Extractor
ebZan
Teeth_Extractor
ebZan
If your first appointment was an "emergency appointment" I.e you called in because you were in pain . Then you will pay £50.50 in your next appointment. (£69 in total)!

Not necessarily.
If the dentist does it as part of a treatment plan.
Pain appointments sometimes include an exam, which comes under band one, then follow up appointments of band 2 or 3.
So in England the total charge will be £50.50 for a band 2 treatment, if it includes the initial pain assessment with exam.

It always depends on the individual person and the initial assessment.


my dentist always charges me individual fees... :(

:(
That's something that is down to whether you were due your checkup or not.
My dentist will always check, to try and save patients money.

they have become crafty at mine, now you have to pay first at the reception before you can go in. sometimes they make you when you just made an appointment

Unfortunately, it stipulates that a practice can take payment before anything is done on those blue forms you sign before being seen. You know, those blue forms no-one reads before signing.
It's worth having a read of one, so ask if you can take one to read next time. :)


fuhu78888
be thankful you get discounted dental work at all. private is £45 + for a consultation, £280 for a filling, and £1200 for a root canal! getting a place with an NHS dentist taks months and months, if not years, if you're not already on the list.

I've never heard of private fillings starting at £280. Usually they start from about £80 for simple small ones upwards.
Root fillings are generally a couple of hundred too. I doubt anyone would pay £1200 for a root filling at their dentist when it's around £5-600 to see a specialist for exactly the same thing and a specialist is way better.
Plus implants are around £2000, so there'd be no point in root filling if you could get an implant for around the same price.

Obviously all private dentists charge different amounts in different areas and I've not worked in or around London.

If you're looking for an NHS dentist, contact NHS direct and they will give you a list of NHS dentists taking on in your area. Saves you phoning everyone yourself. :)
#29
danyelle
dealpickle
Hi Airey, i agree with the consensus here that it's £50.50.
Might be worth signing up to a SimplyHealth cash plan (NOT the specific dental plan as you can't claim immediately for that one) for a few months, save you a bit of cash. I'm getting a filling done myself on Monday :( but signing up for this will save me a bit :)

They do a referral thingy if you're interested - I get some vouchers for referring you and you get two months free. You can even claim back what you've paid if you have/get a receipt for it. If you fancy this referral thing, PM me and i'll sort it out.
Just google Simplyhealth if you want to check it out first, it's all on the level.

Good luck with the filling - can't say i'm looking forward to mine! And for those discussing whether you get an injection, i've been told that i will get one as the filling will be close to the nerve :| so i guess each case is different.




I looked at this a few months back, my MIL and her partner have simply health and use it quite a bit.
One thing i wonder though is if I buy glasses, it says I need to send the bill to them (simply health) on headed paper from wherever I had treatment, what if I only had a receipt from the shop? can you say to specsavers I need a formal printed out confirmation of my payment for glasses, or ask a dentist for the same thing, so you can claim?

Probably the best thing to do is ring Simplyhealth and ask them, they're very helpful on the phone. I was given a stamped receipt at my dentist, but i guess all premises offer different things - i would think that as long as the receipt shows address and payment details for the relevant dentist/opticians/whatever it would be accepted. But as i say, best to ring them and ask.
#30
Teeth_Extractor
ebZan
Teeth_Extractor
ebZan
Teeth_Extractor
ebZan
If your first appointment was an "emergency appointment" I.e you called in because you were in pain . Then you will pay £50.50 in your next appointment. (£69 in total)!

Not necessarily.
If the dentist does it as part of a treatment plan.
Pain appointments sometimes include an exam, which comes under band one, then follow up appointments of band 2 or 3.
So in England the total charge will be £50.50 for a band 2 treatment, if it includes the initial pain assessment with exam.

It always depends on the individual person and the initial assessment.


my dentist always charges me individual fees... :(

:(
That's something that is down to whether you were due your checkup or not.
My dentist will always check, to try and save patients money.

they have become crafty at mine, now you have to pay first at the reception before you can go in. sometimes they make you when you just made an appointment

Unfortunately, it stipulates that a practice can take payment before anything is done on those blue forms you sign before being seen. You know, those blue forms no-one reads before signing.
It's worth having a read of one, so ask if you can take one to read next time. :)


fuhu78888
be thankful you get discounted dental work at all. private is £45 + for a consultation, £280 for a filling, and £1200 for a root canal! getting a place with an NHS dentist taks months and months, if not years, if you're not already on the list.

I've never heard of private fillings starting at £280. Usually they start from about £80 for simple small ones upwards.
Root fillings are generally a couple of hundred too. I doubt anyone would pay £1200 for a root filling at their dentist when it's around £5-600 to see a specialist for exactly the same thing and a specialist is way better.
Plus implants are around £2000, so there'd be no point in root filling if you could get an implant for around the same price.

Obviously all private dentists charge different amounts in different areas and I've not worked in or around London.

If you're looking for an NHS dentist, contact NHS direct and they will give you a list of NHS dentists taking on in your area. Saves you phoning everyone yourself. :)

i'm in the south west, not in a big town, it seems the private ones can charge what they like down here.
#31
chocci
callum9999
fuhu78888
be thankful you get discounted dental work at all. private is £45 + for a consultation, £280 for a filling, and £1200 for a root canal! getting a place with an NHS dentist taks months and months, if not years, if you're not already on the list.

That purely depends where you are... I regularly see signs up in dentists in my city saying they're taking on more NHS patients.
+1

took me 2 calls to get on a dentists nhs list

i am in the south west, it took me 9 months after they claim to have sent me a letter i never got, so had to go back on the wait list through no fault of my own. my partner still hasn't received a place even though i put him on at same time - over 2 years ago!!!!!

joke.

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