In association with the British Dental Health Foundation, dental and health insurer HSA has launched the 'Guide to Making Dental Care Affordable. '
This new guide is designed to enable individuals and families gain a better understanding of the myriad of payment options available for UK dentistry and to help them choose the best solution for their budget and dental requirements.
“Latest figures from the health and social care information centre indicate that over 1,600 dentists have left the NHS in just 6 months. It is therefore likely that individuals are going to struggle to find an NHS dentist and will have to opt for private treatment,” comments Suzanne Clarkson from HSA. “Private treatment can be costly, and our research has found that cost is a significant reason for putting off visiting the dentist, behind the top reason of fear. We are concerned that, with fewer NHS dentists available, individuals will be even more deterred from accessing vital dental care.”
“With guidance from the British Dental Health Foundation, we have put together this guide which will hopefully help individuals understand how to spread the cost,” concludes Suzanne.
The guide has sections detailing all the funding options available in the UK for consumers. This includes the new NHS banding system, health cash plans, dental insurance, dental plans as well as pay as you go. The guide is simple and easy to understand and not biased towards any one provider. In includes pros and cons for each funding option, together with facts and figures and background to the dental market in the UK.
Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the British Dental Foundation comments: “There is no doubt that confusion over how much things cost could put some patients off visiting the dentist. We are hopeful that this impartial guide will put patients’ minds at rest and so encourage more regular attendance. It is vital that people visit the dentist regularly, as often as the dentist recommends, as part of a good oral health routine. This should also include twice daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and cutting down the frequency of sugary foods and drinks.”
Dental Insurance : News update: September 2006