Public perception is that NHS dentistry is at a crisis point, according to new research from insurer HSA.
The survey, which focused on attitudes towards dental health and care, was conducted amongst 1056 consumers during June and found that 62% expected NHS dentistry to get worse or disappear altogether within 5 years’ time. Only 12% believed that NHS dentistry was a Government priority.
“The Government implemented a number of changes to NHS dentistry in April including attempts to make costs simpler, reduce the maximum amount NHS dentists can charge and improve access to NHS dentists. Despite this, consumers still aren’t convinced that it’s going to be around for the long term,” comments Suzanne Clarkson from HSA. “This makes it increasingly likely, therefore, that people will take the private route to access dental treatment.
“However, by considering health plans that help with funding towards dental check-ups and treatment, this can help take the pain out of costly dental bills. An HSA health cash plan, for example, offers cash back on a range of everyday healthcare costs, including 100% on all dental treatment - whether NHS or Private - up to an annual limit from as little as £2 per week. And, what’s more, as children are also covered free under the policy, this helps to further ease the pain of funding treatment,” concludes Suzanne.