Following the latest annual report made to Parliament on the State of Healthcare it was revealed that only 69% of children and just under half of all adults have received dental services over the past two years.
Latest research from health cash plan provider Engage Mutual shows that over one quarter of Britons are struggling to pay for regular dental check ups as a result of recent increases in the cost of living. In addition, the research also highlights that over one quarter of Britons are struggling with the costs of new glasses/spectacles, while 12% are struggling to pay prescription charges for medicines.
Karl Elliott of Engage Mutual says, “Our research reveals that people are struggling with some quite basic health costs, with 60% saying they cannot afford to pay for some of their family's healthcare needs, including regular check ups at the dentist, treatment for dental problems, or new spectacles. With many job losses, and continuing financial uncertainty, family finances are under pressure."
The Engage Health Cash Plan aims to help family budgets meet the costs of everyday healthcare, and give cash back towards dental check ups and treatment, optical tests and spectacle costs, and physiotherapy bills. A total of 17 different benefits are covered.