HELP WITH HEALTH COSTS
Some patients are entitled to claim financial assistance with Health Service dental and ophthalmic charges. To find out if you qualify for help with health costs please click on the relevant section below or download our information leaflet.
If you have any questions on entitlement or penalty charges, you can call our free information line.
FIXED PENALTY CHARGES
Every year in Northern Ireland the health service loses several millions of pounds in charges by patients wrongfully claiming exemption from charges for dental treatment, sight tests and glasses.
Whether claimed in error or fraudulently the consequence is less funds for patient care.
The Fixed Penalty Charges Scheme seeks to tackle this issue – and help put Health Service money back where it belongs.
Most people are honest. They are correctly entitled to help and claim properly. If you are entitled to help, you should continue to claim. You won’t have to pay penalty charges.
How is the Penalty Charge calculated?
The fine will be 5 times the charge that should have been paid, up to a maximum of £100, and it must be paid within 28 days. Non-payment will lead to an additional surcharge of 50% of the original Penalty Charge. These penalty charges are payable in addition to the original Health Service charge.
Health and Social Care has a zero tolerance policy towards anyone found committing fraud in order to obtain free Health Service treatment when they are not entitled. Enforcement action includes the recovery of debts owed through the Small Claims Court.