You are exempt from dental charges if
- aged under 18,
- aged 18 and in full-time education,
- pregnant, or have had a baby in the 12 months before treatment starts,
You are also entitled to receive free NHS dental treatment if,
you are getting, or your partner gets Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit,
- you are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate, or
- you are named on a valid HC2 certificate.
If you are named on a valid HC3 certificate, you may be eligible for partial help with dental costs (see below for more information).
How to claim your exemption
We are obliged by the NHS to ask for evidence that you are entitled to free NHS dental treatment. Your Jobcentre Plus, or Pension Centre, will be able to provide you with a letter of entitlement.
If you are under 18 years of age, you can use any official document showing your name and date of birth, such as a passport, or birth certificate.
If you are 18 years of age, and in full-time education, your school, college, or Local Education Authority (LEA) can provide proof that you are in full-time education. You will also need an official document showing your name and age. Simply call 0131 656 4525 to reserve your appointment.
NHS Low Income Scheme (HC2 and HC3 certificates)
If you are on a low income, and you have savings of less than £16,000 (or £21,500 if you are permanently in a care home), you may be entitled to help with your health costs. This assessment relates to current government legislation and is assessed outwith the practice.
Your income and circumstances will be assessed and, depending on your situation, you could be given either an HC2 or an HC3 certificate.
An HC2 certificate will mean that you are exempt from all NHS charges, including prescription charges. An HC3 certificate will mean that you are entitled to some limited help with certain NHS charges. The exact amount will depend on your individual circumstances and is assessed outwith the practice.
For more information on the NHS Low Income Scheme, and to download an assessment form (HC1), visit the NHS Business Services Authority website here.