Monday, 30 September 2013
Tariq Drabu Dentist’s on How to Handle Dental Fees
Being a parent is the hardest job in the world. You have so much on your plate, balancing your kids, your work and actually having your own personal life, that it can all feel like a bit too much sometimes. That’s particularly true when it comes to balancing the household books. Families, especially single parent families, have it the worst financially. Between new clothes, school supplies, food etc. kids cost a lot of money. Adding in Dentist fees for that can be an actual nightmare, and can be the payment to break the financial camel’s back.
That’s why you can get dental treatment on the NHS. Our National Health Service, whatever else you say about it, is one of the best in the world. Britain is one of the few countries who recognises that there are people in society, that, for one reason or another, need a little bit of help every now and the. That’s why if you go to an NHS Dentist, you can get top treatment and actually have enough left over to make sure your kids get everything they need.
By and large, you can get most basic dental treatments on the NHS, although you should get the advice of your dentist just to make sure. However, some things aren’t covered or are only partially covered by the NHS. When thinking about all of this, you first have to make sure that your dentist is like Tariq Drabu, and takes on NHS patients. You must explicitly state to your dentist that you want NHS treatment when you make an appointment, before you actually go in. Then when you actually go in for your appointment, you will have to fill out the appropriate form. But first you need to know, do you qualify for NHS treatment. If you fulfill the following criteria, then you can get dental treatment in the NHS - this is not a totally exhaustive list:
- If you are under the age of 18
- If you are under 19 and over but you are in full time education
- If you are pregnant, or have delivered a baby at least 12 months prior to treatment
- If you are an NHS in-patient and treatment is administered by the hospital dentist
- If you or your partner receives one of the following: income support, income based jobseeker’s allowance, income related Employment and Support allowance or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
- If you are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- If you fall into the low income brackets that quality for NHS (check NHS website for details on whether you fall into this category)
So parents, there you have it. Of course, not all the above criteria will apply to you, but for families, there is always a way to reduce the cost of dental treatment through the NHS.