Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man dental and prescription charges to rise

David Anderson MHK
Image caption David Anderson MHK will ask the July sitting of Tynwald to approve the rises

Prescription and dental charges are set to rise on the Isle of Man from September.

Manx health minister David Anderson MHK said he would seek Tynwald approval for the increases, which will create an extra £150,000 a year.

Prescription charges will go up from £3.25 to £3.85 per item, while dental examinations will rise from £15.50 to £16.50.

The charges have remained at their current level since early 2006.

'Significantly lower'

Mr Anderson said: "It is important, particularly in the current economic climate, that we retain the relationship between income from prescription charges and expenditure on drugs.

"Those who are unable to afford charges will be covered either by the exemption criteria or their financial burden can be eased by being able to purchase a pre-payment certificate."

The certificates entitle patients to unlimited prescriptions during the paid-for period.

They cost £19 for four months cover or £54 for 12 months.

Prescription charges on the island are "significantly lower than those in England, which stand at £7.25 an item," said a government spokesman.

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