The NHS logo on a sign outside St Thomas’ Hospital (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
THE NHS campaign “check before you tick” highlights the handy online tool to check eligibility for dental treatment.
It takes you through a few simple questions and takes less than five minutes to complete.
The activity is an extension of the ongoing ‘check before you tick’ prescriptions campaign which was launched in September 2018, helping people to understand if they are entitled to free prescriptions and how to claim correctly to avoid unnecessary penalty charges.
Not all benefits entitle you to free dental treatment. If you claim when you are not entitled, you could face a penalty of £100 plus the cost of your treatment. To avoid this situation, always check before you tick.
“The eligibility checker is a great tool to check if you’re entitled to free or reduced-cost dental treatment, by answering some simple questions. It only takes a few minutes. And if you do need to pay, it can tell you about other means of help with your costs. So always ‘check before you tick’ at nhs.uk/checkbeforeyoutick,” says Dentist Chirag Shah.
The steps are simple. First, search “check before you tick” online and use the NHS eligibility checker to understand if you’re entitled to free or reduced-cost NHS dental treatment.
It also helps explain other means of NHS support to reduce costs, such as the NHS Low Income Scheme.
The online eligibility checker can also tell you about other NHS support available to help you with costs for prescriptions, dental treatment and eye care.