This release from the Information Services Division, published on behalf of the Scottish Dental Practice Board (SDPB), provides an annual update on how primary care dental services are managed and provided in Scotland, how well these services are operating,
and financial payments made to dentists.
Compared to financial year 2014-2015:
- In 2015/16, the total cost of General Dental Services and Public Dental Services in Scotland increased by 1.8% to £402.1m.
- Total payments made to dentists increased by 3.0% to £349.5m.
- Costs of dental registration fees for both children and adults increased by 2.1% and 4.3% respectively. This is due to fee increases and to higher numbers of patients registered.
- The total cost of treatment fees increased by 1.0% to £125.8m. However, this is due to a feescale increase of 1.6%; numbers of treatments provided continue to decrease year on year.
- Due to changes in superannuation contribution rated for NHS employers there was a further increase in costs to NHS Boards.