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Motivation & Insight Into Dentistry 10
How are NHS dentists funded? Is it the same for GP’s?
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NHS dentists are remunerated differently from GPs, as dentists are self-employed. The current system of dental activity units requirements means that dentists are contracted to complete a certain amount of treatments each year, and they are then paid once they reach that requirement. I do however, feel that this has its advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, dentists are incentivised to maximise the treatments they do for patients, which can be of incredible value in an area with low access to dental care. On the other hand, the system overlooks the importance of preventive care, and I hope this disadvantage can be tackled in the future.