A study showed that Brits assumed the cost of dental care under the National Health Service (NHS) to be more than their true value. For instance, Brits on average believe that they will need to spend five times more for NHS emergency treatment, which actually costs just £20.60. Patients also expected to pay twice the amount for dental fillings, root canal treatment and tooth extractions.
Other than not knowing the real prices for NHS treatments, many people are unaware that the government healthcare agency offers free dental care for children, according to the study. Their lack of information likely serves as a factor for the number of children being admitted to hospitals mainly due to tooth decay.
The Gill Clinic agrees that whether you plan to have tooth fillings in London or invisible braces in Richmond, it is always important to consult with the NHS to ensure that you are paying the right amount.
Similarly, 40 per cent of the respondents remain clueless that pregnant women and those who gave birth within the last 12 months can also get free dental treatments.
Brits should likewise enjoy the current arrangement for free NHS treatment, as looming uncertainty arises regarding the government’s regulatory plan for the agency. Speculation emerged about private health insurance similar to those in the US.
If this pushes ahead, the NHS will cease to exist amidst a lack of government funding and medical resources. This takes place as private sector outsourcing has amounted to almost £9 billion, accounting for 8 per cent of the annual NHS budget. But the Centre for Health and the Public Interest said that the real value amounts to more than £20 billion.
Patients should not depend on guesswork to know the real prices of NHS dental services, as some of these services apparently will not require them to spend at all. Staying informed is key.