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Fixed pricing ‘leads to confusion for dental patients’

Posted by Yvonne Wallace

Fixed pricing in dentistry could lead to confusion for patients, according to the British Dental Health Foundation, which was responding to a new report by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

The OFT wants greater levels of competition in the dentistry sector, but the foundation argued fixed pricing could cause disappointed patient expectations.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the body, agreed with the OFT that all patients should be offered a copy of their treatment plan, adding: “There are also resources available to help patients gain a better understanding of their options if they have further questions.”

He also pointed out dental patients have choices and if they are not happy with the service being provided by their dentist, they are free to change to a different oral health specialist.

Chief executive at the OFT John Finnegan stated its report into the state of dentistry in the UK raises “significant concerns”.

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