Found 7th Aug 2016
Can anyone give advice on dental cost for student, while at full time college my son had usual check up which is normally covered while in college aged 18, he was given a scale and polish in March and told he may have to pay, at reception they told him he didn't and he left, since then rec a bill for £49 when I phoned explained he had no income and a student I was told that they will phone me back...they didn't, well over a month gone he has now rec a final payment , he has finished college waiting to start apprenticeship as has just turned 19 yrs, I think this is out of order I would be grateful to hear if anyone has knowledge of his rights, thank you.

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Check up and Scale and polish for £49? It doesn't sound like they're following the NHS category pricing structure either.

nhs.uk/chq…742

Get a HC1 form from your local chemist and depending on income etc... these charges should be waived

Phone and ask to speak with the manager. Tell them you brought this up at the time and that your son was eligible for free treatment back in March - but do this calmly and politely. If they insist then you can also let them know that you'll be reporting them to the local NHS authority for failing to charge NHS rates (which is £19.70 according to the NHS dental website); this is all assuming that the practice you went to was an NHS practice and not private.

Keep a note of who you spoke with and when. Also keep a photocopy of all documentation received, including the recent bill, so that you can submit a copy to the local authority if needed.
Edited by: "roof30" 7th Aug 2016

If 18 and in full time education then he shouldn't have to pay but as already mentioned they seem to be charging more than the band charge for a scale and polish, is it possible he's been treated as a private patient rather than nhs?

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sparky111091

If 18 and in full time education then he shouldn't have to pay but as … If 18 and in full time education then he shouldn't have to pay but as already mentioned they seem to be charging more than the band charge for a scale and polish, is it possible he's been treated as a private patient rather than nhs?


It's my dentist and I pay privately yea but he has been going since he got his teeth never been charged before, she said it's because he's was 18 yrs.

elainep

It's my dentist and I pay privately yea but he has been going since he … It's my dentist and I pay privately yea but he has been going since he got his teeth never been charged before, she said it's because he's was 18 yrs.



My dentist will accept children on the NHS and then move them at 18? / adults onto their private books. Not sure whether they should be doing this - but it may be done if they are technically full and the parent is already private - they may put the child onto NHS and then private only as an adult. Freeing up a space for another child from a different family of private patients.

Edited by: "Firefly1" 7th Aug 2016

same thing happened at my dentist, kids have now moved to NHS and I am still with private practice. They are very quick to start charging, actually I think it's from age 16 at my dentist.

LOL @ single mother, your son is 19, he's an adult.

Stop scrounging, hate this type of people and mentality.
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