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Health and Social Services

The Welsh Government’s passported benefits, other schemes and the supporting legislation relating to health and socials services.

Passported Benefits and Other Schemes

NHS Dental Treatment

Although treatment on the NHS is free at the point of delivery, there may still be some costs for dental treatment.  However, much or all of the cost can, in some cases be reclaimed, waived or you may be eligible for help under the NHS Low Income Scheme.

Further information can be found on the Health Costs Wales website (External link).

NHS Optical Treatment

Although treatment on the NHS is free at the point of delivery, there may still be some costs for optical treatment.  However, much or all of the cost can, in some cases be reclaimed, waived or you may be eligible for help under the NHS Low Income Scheme.

Further information can be found on the Health Costs Wales website (External link).

NHS Patient Travel Costs

Although treatment on the NHS is free at the point of delivery, there may still be some costs for travel to receive treatment under the care of a consultant.  However, much or all of the cost can, in some cases be reclaimed, waived or you may be eligible for help under the NHS Low Income Scheme.

Further information can be found on the Health Costs Wales website (External link).

NHS Prescriptions

Free NHS prescriptions are available in Wales.

Further information can be found on the Health Costs Wales website (External link).

NHS Low Income Scheme

The Low Income Scheme doesn't entitle you to NHS treatment but may be able to help you with the cost.

Further information can be found on the Health Costs Wales website (External link).

Related Legislation

The NHS (Welfare Reform Consequential Amendments) (Wales) Regulations 2013

These regulations amend the National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Wales) Regulations 2007, the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) Regulations 1997 and the National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) Regulations 1986 which made provision to support people with the cost of NHS dental treatment, optical treatment and travel to NHS treatment with a consultant to reflect the abolition of Council Tax Benefit and the introduction of Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit.

The regulations came into force on 12 April 2013 and can be found on the UK Government’s Legislation website (External link).

The National Assistance and Social Care Charges (Wales) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013

These regulations amend the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992, the Social Care Charges (Means Assessment and Determination of Charges) (Wales) Regulations 2011, and the Social Care Charges (Direct Payments) (Means Assessment and Determination of Reimbursement or Contribution) (Wales) Regulations 2011 that provide the assessment of the ability of a person to pay for residential and non-residential social care services arranged by a local authority to reflect the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) Order 2011 and the changes to welfare benefits.

The regulations came into force on 8 April 2013 and can be found on the UK Government’s Legislation website (External link).

The Adoption Support Services and Special Guardianship (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

These regulations include amendments to the Adoption Support Services (Local Authorities) (Wales) Regulations 2005 and the Special Guardianship (Wales) Regulations 2005 that made provision for local authorities in Wales to provide adoption and special guardianship support services to include reference to Universal Credit.

The regulations came into force on the 1 October 2013 and can be found on the UK Government’s Legislation website (External link).