The changing public|private mix in dentistry in the UK-a supply-side perspective
AbstractThis paper examines the factors beyond NHS dentists' remuneration which may explain the variations in the public|private mix in general dental practitioners' workload in the UK. Given that NHS dentistry is subject to a fixed price system, the study focused mainly on non-income supply-side factors. Using data from a postal survey of a national random sample of dentists practising in the NHS in England in 1997, the study found that the strategies adopted by dentists in the management of NHS lists and the evidence that dentists spent significantly more time in private consultations compared with NHS consultations support concerns over equity of access to dental care and the quality of NHS dentistry. Dentists' attitudes to NHS and private dentistry revealed considerable ambiguity towards the NHS. While, on the one hand, the lack of sufficient demand for private dentistry emerged as a strong reason for remaining in the NHS, on the other, there was evidence that equity in access to dental treatment is still seen as an important principle. The implications of these findings in the context of recent discussion of the future of NHS dentistry are considered. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Volume (Year): 12 (2003)
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