Dental treatment abroad reimbursement by the NHS

dental root canal treatmentCompared to other planned treatments, the costs of dental treatment taken abroad are reimbursed differently and at a much lower level, as patients in the UK have to partially cover the cost of their NHS dentistry services themselves.  There are three standard charges for all NHS dental treatments. You are eligible for compensation for your treatment abroad accordingly:

  • Band 1 course of treatment – possible reimbursement is only up to £6.5 or £25 if you are eligible for free* NHS dentistry. This will be the maximum payment no matter how much the treatment actually costs. We do not advise you to claim Band 1 reimbursement as it will not be sufficient to cover document preparation costs.
    This covers an examination, diagnosis (including X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed, and application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant.

 

  • Band 2 course of treatment – possible reimbursement is only up to £24.5 or £75 if you are eligible for free* NHS dentistry. This will be the maximum payment no matter how much the treatment actually costs. We do not advise you to claim these costs if you are not eligible for free* dentistry, as reimbursement will not be sufficient to cover document preparation costs.
    This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or removal of teeth.

 

  • Band 3 course of treatment – possible reimbursement is up to £81 or £300 if you are eligible for free* NHS dentistry. This will be the maximum payment no matter how much the treatment actually costs. We do not advise you to claim these costs if you are not eligible for free* dentistry.
    This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures and bridges.

Dental implants are not covered by the NHS as they are not usually available at NHS dentists.

*You can get free NHS dentistry if, at the time of the treatment, you:

  • are 60 or over
  • are under 16
  • are 16-18 and in full-time education
  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
  • have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
  • have a continuing physical disability that prevents you from going out without help from another person and have a valid MedEx
  • hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
  • are an NHS inpatient

You are also entitled to free dentistry if you or your partner (including civil partners) are named on, or are entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate or a valid HC2 certificate (full help with health costs), or you receive either:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Universal Credit

 

Information, eligibility and level of reimbursement is subject to change.

NHS reimbursement for treatment abroad, learn more HERE

7 Easy Ways to Boost Sperm Health

Around half of all fertility problems in relationships are down to the male partner, and more specifically, their sperm health.

Sperm mobility This article helps to advise men how to increase the quality and quantity of their sperm, but firstly, what is considered healthy and unhealthy?

“The term ‘healthy sperm’ indicates that the sperms are abundant in number, with at least 15 million sperm cells present in one mililitre of semen sample (40 million/ejaculate), they have a normal shape and structure and they have their motility intact. If any one of these qualities in majority of your sperms is missing, they are unhealthy.”

So having unhealthy sperm could mean you are infertile and your sex drive could be lowered. To help, here are some key steps to boost your sperm quality and quantity courtesy of The Health Site.

Eat right: This has to be the first step if you want to keep your fertility intact. The effects of eating unhealthy junk food may not be evident right away but it’s going to affect your reproductive system in the long run. This could be one of the reasons why more and more number of men are now suffering from erectile dysfunction and infertility. A simple, healthy diet should be rich in protein; fruits, vegetables and fibre can do wonders to your reproductive health.

Exercise: Your sperm quality is bound to degrade with age. But if you keep yourself active when you’re young, you will not face too many problems in your sex life later. Being too thin and too fat, both have been linked to significantly low levels of testosterone, loss of interest in sex and poor erections. So, exercise well and lose some weight if needed. Remember, too much exercising can also affect your fertility. So, keep it moderate.

Reduce your alcohol intake: There is a lot of evidence suggesting that heavy alcohol consumption can cause infertility in men. According to a study, having more than one drink every day can lower the secretion of testosterone, the male reproductive hormone required for healthy sperm production, and increased sex drive or libido. Another study showed that 5 units of alcohol can trigger changes in the levels of reproductive hormones and degrade sperm quality in young men. Alcohol can also change the structure of your sperms and make them immotile.

Cut on tobacco: Cigarette smoke contains carcinogens like cadmium, lead and benzo-a-pyrene. Smoking one pack of cigarettes can significantly increase the level of cadmium in your semen, while lowering the zinc levels. Cadmium can damage the DNA of your sperms, killing them, reducing them in number. If you and your partner are finding it hard to get pregnant, and you smoke, it is vital that you quit.

Sperm Count and fertilityDitch recreational drug use: It’s also no surprise that recreational drugs like marijuana and cocaine have been linked to the inability to perform sexually, also leading to infertility, and so should be cut out as well. Use can cause lowered seminal fluid production, lowered blood supply to the penis, poor sperm quality and lowered sperm count.

Don’t stress: A healthy mind is the key to a healthy body. If you keep your mind occupied with tackling unnecessary stress, all the functions of your body will get affected, including your sexual organs. A high level of stress hormones in the blood can lower sperm count, affect sperm production and also affect your sperm quality.

Minimise exposure to heat: Some studies have linked increased exposure to heat with lowered sperm count. So, if you’re planning to become a father, try to stay away from hot bathtubs, overly-hot showers and Jacuzzis for a while. Using them for a long time can obstruct your testicles and harm healthy sperms. Also try not to wear clothing that is too tight around your genitals, such as skinny jeans.

How Body Bureau Can Help:

There are many reasons a couple experience difficulties in conceiving, but Body Bureau can help. We have regular London consultations for treatment that takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city. As an EU country it abides but all the same high standards and regulations and is in the UK but at about 50% (IVF from only £1275),  of the price of other private health and IVF clinics. Also we can offer affordable Egg (from £4000), Sperm, Embryo donation services in our partner clinic in Prague, Czech Republic.

No waiting lists, success rates above UK average, newest methods, assessment consultations and after-care in London, most modern clinics. For more information and book an appointment, call us NOW 0207 617 7301 or email us info@bodybureau.co.uk.

Trial Confirms Clinical Benefit of Time-Lapse Monitoring

Large Prospective Randomized Trial Confirms Clinical Benefit of EmbryoScope® Time-Lapse System

AARHUS, DenmarkSeptember 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

The success rate of assisted reproduction was significantly increased by the use of revolutionary time-lapse technology

A study accepted for publication in the renowned scientific journal Fertility & Sterility, confirms that a revolutionary and clinically certified technology can substantially increase the success rate in assisted reproduction.

The use of the EmbryoScope® time-lapse system significantly increased ongoing pregnancy rates, implantation rates as well as significantly reduced early pregnancy loss.

These are results from one of the world’s largest multi-center fertility clinics, IVI, based in Valencia Spain. The current study was conducted as a follow-up to a large retrospective analysis, which reported in 2012 that the combination of undisturbed culture and a customized embryo classification algorithm gave higher pregnancy rates. The data presented now confirm a relative improvement of more than 20 percent in clinical pregnancy rates by using the EmbryoScope® time-lapse system compared to standard evaluation procedures.

In the current study, 843 patients were randomized between treatment in the EmbryoScope® time-lapse system and standard incubation. Embryo evaluation in the time-lapse system made use of a customized morphokinetic model applying morphology and time-lapse variables to select embryos, whereas standard morphology was used in the standard incubation system. Patients receiving EmbryoScope® treatment using a morphokinetic model were 23.2% more likely to have an ongoing pregnancy as well as 35.7% less likely to experience an early pregnancy loss. Dr. Marcos Meseguer and his team have made thembryo monitoringis algorithm, which is available in IVI laboratories.

“This is the largest trial to date to study the clinical benefits of time-lapse technology on clinical outcomes, and we are delighted to confirm our previous findings,” says Dr. Meseguer, who conducted the survey. “IVI has always been at the forefront of offering our patients new and better treatments, and we were one of the first clinics in the world to offer the EmbryoScope® time-lapse system routinely to our patients. This also confirms that the research we have conducted in developing a customized embryo evaluation model will improve our efforts to help childless couples achieve the dream of parenthood.”

The results reflect the benefit of using a customized evaluation model, which was developed by analyzing outcome results from previous treatments and combining this with the superior incubation in the EmbryoScope® time-lapse system. A previous study conducted by IVI indicates that improved incubation alone could not account for the large improvement in clinical outcomes observed in this study.

“Unisense FertiliTech recognized the need to create advanced software to allow clinics to design and use models customized to their own clinical practice,” says CSO Niels Birger Ramsing. “We continue to invest resources to improve these software tools and to develop start-up embryo evaluation models which can be readily used by a wider range of clinics.”

 

The EmbryoScope® time-lapse system has been in clinical use since 2009 and has since been used for more than 200,000 patient treatments in 46 countries.

CEO Michael Reeslev says: “These results confirm outcome improvements reported from a number of clinics using our system and we are delighted that the prospective randomized controlled trial shows that our technology offers significant benefits to clinics and their patients.”

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Body Bureau offers embryo monitoring with Time-Lapse Imaging at its donation clinic in the Czech Republic. Contact Us today for more information.

Fertility Infographic

How Body Bureau Can Help:

There are many reasons a couple experience difficulties in conceiving, but Body Bureau can help. We have regular London consultations for treatment that takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city. As an EU country it abides but all the same high standards and regulations and is in the UK but at about 50% (IVF from only £1275),  of the price of other private health and IVF clinics. Also we can offer affordable Egg (from £4000), Sperm, Embryo donation services in our partner clinic in Prague, Czech Republic.

No waiting lists, success rates above UK average, newest methods, assessment consultations and after-care in London, most modern clinics. For more information and book an appointment, call us NOW 0207 617 7301 or email us info@bodybureau.co.uk.

More about our infertility treatments.

Lithuania Voted Best Value Destination for Dental Treatment

Vilnius’ Old Town surprised researches with how affordable its accommodation was; and, as a result, ClinicSearch.com has rated Lithuania best value destination 2014 for dental treatment in Europe.

In a research 15 countries were compared for ease of travel, affordability of accommodation, and price of dental treatment. The results demonstrated that apart from Lithuania, Turkey, Poland, Hungary and Latvia made up the top five.

Dentistry abroad, Lithuania

Dr Ieva Day-Stirrat

Dr Ieva Day-Stirrat, principle dentist at ‘Odontika’ said: “The price of treatment is naturally lower than in the UK and Scandinavia, with dental implants’ prices being less than £500, which is significantly lower than in the UK.     Wages are a determining factor here, with the average wage being less than ¼ of the UK’s average. However, the quality of treatment and guarantee are more important factors that in fact influence people’s decision to travel.”

Norwegians and Danes have been investing in Lithuania for years and have been taking advantage of the affordable dental treatment prices. Dental procedures, from crowns to root canals, cost 40-60 per cent less than in the western countries. “Norway is very close,” Dr Ieva explains, “people can hop on a plane in the morning and go back in the evening!”.

Ongoing uncertainty in Western economies and the diminishing availability of National Health Service dentistry in many countries result in a continued interest for people searching for clinics abroad. Recommendations and word of mouth – are still key decision-making factors for people choosing a reliable clinic when travelling abroad for dental care.

You may contact Body Bureau to get further information about dental treatment abroad. Call us NOW on 0207 617 7301. Body Bureau case managers will be more than happy to give you detailed information about dental services in Lithuania.