HC Deb 19 December 2000 vol 360 c140W
Mr. Blizzard

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the annual cost of providing free dentistry for people aged 75 years and over. [142387]

Mr. Hutton

Providing free dental treatment for people aged 75 and over would result in an annual reduction in patient charge revenue of about £30 million within the General Dental Service, in England.

The total cost of making the change would exceed the reduction in patient charge revenue, as some additional demand would be stimulated for dental treatment.