Benefits claimants “put off” seeking dental treatment

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Wales’ Community Health Councils (CHCs) have said people who claim benefits are put off seeking dental treatment due to confusion over costs.

Currently, people claiming certain benefits can receive dental treatment for free. However, they can be fined up to £100 for making a false claim if claim forms are filled out incorrectly – such as being in receipt of the “wrong” benefits when making a claim.

CHCs told BBC Wales, “Over recent months we have heard from a number of people who have found themselves with significant fines because they mistakenly believed that they were entitled to free treatment.”

“These fines, often levied at people on low income, cause significant anxiety and can lead people who are unsure of their status to think twice about accessing treatment.”

The Welsh Government said they were considering how to simplify the process and a statement from the Health Secretary on reform of dental services is due on December 11th.