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HCS 1: Are you entitled to help with health costs?

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THE PENALTY CHARGE

Any patient found to have falsely claimed help with health costs will face penalty charges and in some cases prosecution, under powers introduced by the Health Act 1999.

The penalty charge is a civil fine and may be imposed where a patient is found to have falsely claimed total or partial help with health costs. The penalty charge is five times the amount owed, up to a maximum of £100. This is in addition to the original charge. Payment will be pursued by civil recovery if necessary.