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NHS Dentist exempt from payment with ESA?
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mandyboops1973
Old 12-11-2010, 11:42 AM
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Default NHS Dentist exempt from payment with ESA?

Hi

I have just been to my nhs dentist , i was asked if i was exempt from payment as said i think so i claim emplyoment support allwence, she said "thats not on the form do you claim jsa?" i said no but i didnt have to pay last year while claiming esa, she just said well its not on the forms so i will have to charge you unless you can prove you dont have to pay?

so i have just had to pay 52 in total which including polish and clean.

I was just wondering if anybody could confirm if im expempt or not?
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Old 12-11-2010, 11:59 AM
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That sounds right, but 52 isn't an NHS charge. Was something (The hygienist visit?) private?

If you're on a low income, then filling out a HC1 form (Get it from dentist or Post Office) might give you a full or partial exemption certificate. It's means tested.

If you do get one, then you could claim back some or all of the NHS component of that last charge by sending off the receipt.
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:04 PM
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Is it income based or contributions based? The former entitles you to help with health costs and the latter doesn't.
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:50 PM
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If you are on Income Based ESA you do not have to pay for NHS treatment, a copy of the letter from the Department of Work and Pensions is classed as 'proof' - And actually it IS on the form, or at least it is at my dentists.
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Old 12-11-2010, 1:02 PM
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I have an appointment next week and i asked them if it was accepted, she just told me to bring the form with me.

I have encountered this before though, at the hospital pharmacy-they didn't have ESA on the form (nor did they seem to know what it was), luckily i had the letter with me and the guy did something to the form so i could get it free.

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I think the issue is that ESA is relatively new (although it's been around for 2? years) in terms of forms, they order them in such bulk that they've not used up the old ones!
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you shouls have a small plastic card for nhs exeption just show them that.... i do and dont pay a penny
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you shouls have a small plastic card for nhs exeption just show them that.... i do and dont pay a penny
The card you're talking about, you only get with tax credits. Those of us on income-based out of work benefits, have to show our award letters.
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Old 12-11-2010, 10:53 PM
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im not sure weather im on income based esa or not what is the diffrence?
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im not sure weather im on income based esa or not what is the diffrence?
Don't quote me as gospel, but I believe that contributions based is because you have paid enough national insurance contributions to reclaim from that, income based is if you haven't.

Whichever, it will be stated on the letters you get which you might as well dig out as you will need them to reclaim your money if you are eligible.
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Old 23-11-2010, 11:32 PM
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Hello
I am new, just thought I would say, you could telephone the Jobcentreplus and press the number for ESA and ask them to send out a letter showing your entitlement to income based ESA, if the person says you are not on income based you will be told this.Some of the letters from DWP are not very clearly written and it might not actually say if you are on contriubutions based or income based ESA
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