When do I have to pay for health-related services?

Many services such as local health and social care appointments, equipment, medicine etc are free to under 18s but certain services may not be free to you and lots of people are applying for services without the knowledge that they need to pay.


You don’t pay for dental treatments (under NHS) if you are either under 18 or under 19 (with a full education). When you do have to pay though, it will either be band 1, 2 or 3. Band one costs £21.60 and covers an examination, x- rays, planning for further treatment etc. Band two costs £59.10 and involves band one + fillings, removing teeth etc. Band three costs £256.50 and involves band 1 + 2 + crowns, dentures and other complex treatments. More information can be found at: www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/dental-health/how-much-will-i-pay-for-nhs-dental-treatment/


Now, treatment from the NHS is free for UK residents but some things cost money depending on treatment and certain stipulations. The current prescription charge is £8.80 but you can get free prescriptions if you are under 16 or between 16-18 and in full time education. To check if you or your family members are entitled to free prescriptions, information can be found at: www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/help-with-health-costs/get-help-with-prescription-costs/


Some people are entitled to free eye tests / optical vouchers for things like glasses if you are 16 or under, or, if you are 16-18 in full time education. Further information can be found at: www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/help-with-health-costs/free-nhs-eye-tests-and-optical-vouchers/

For urgent assistance:

Contact the NHS:

Phone number: 0300 311 2233
Email: england.contactus@nhs.net
Post: NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT
Official website: https://www.nhs.uk/