Thursday, March 05, 2009

Get out your pliers -- UK's universal medical system

The UK's universal medical system is denying care to the point that people have to pull their own teeth! Get out the pliers. BBC NEWS | Health | Millions 'opt for DIY dentistry':
Millions of people in England have resorted to DIY dentistry, a survey by consumer magazine Which? suggests. The poll, of 2,631 adults, found 8% had tried to fix their own dental problems - and a similar number knew somebody who had tried. Of those who admitted trying the DIY approach, one in four had tried to pull out a tooth using pliers. Since a new dental contract was introduced in 2006 there has been growing concern over access to care. But the government said the findings of the survey were unreliable, and said access to NHS dentistry was improving. Ministers have announced an independent review of NHS dentistry in England, which will report back later this year. Which? will be making a submission to this review and is currently carrying out detailed research to build an accurate picture of the state of NHS dentistry. The latest survey found 12% of those who had tried DIY techniques had tried to extract a tooth by using a piece of string tied to a door handle. Some 30% of DIY dentists had tried to whiten their teeth with household cleaning products. Other DIY procedures people admitted to included: • Using household glue to stick down a filling or crown (11%) • Popping an ulcer with a pin (19%) • Trying to mend or alter dentures (8%) • Trying to stick down a loose filling with chewing gum (6%)
Via Adam Smith's blog DIY dentistry There are lots of orginal articles at Liberty Page.

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