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Simplyhealth dental survey - dental costs are still a cause for concern

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The results of our recent dental survey show that with increasing pressure on financial budgets, cost is unsurprisingly still the main reason why people are putting off visiting the dentist. Although cost is an issue we are seeing access to NHS dentistry steadily increasing, with over 70% of respondents seeing an NHS dentist on their last visit which is an increase of 2% on last year.

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Simplyhealth dental survey - dental costs are still a cause for concern

  1. 1. Simplyhealth is a trading name of Simplyhealth Access, which is authorised by the PrudentialRegulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential RegulationAuthority. Simplyhealth Access is registered and incorporated in England and Wales, registered no.183035. Registered office, Hambleden House, Waterloo Court, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 1LQ.Your calls may be recorded and monitored for training and quality assurance purposes.1304030-costsDental costs are still a cause for concernIntroductionThe results of our recent dental survey show thatwith increasing pressure on financial budgets, cost isunsurprisingly still the main reason why people are puttingoff visiting the dentist. Although cost is an issue we areseeing access to NHS dentistry steadily increasing, withover 70% of respondents seeing an NHS dentist on theirlast visit which is an increase of 2% on last year.Cost is still a barrier tovisiting the dentistA shocking one in ten say they haven’t been to the dentistin five to ten years. With cost still a major factor preventingmany from attending appointments; 28% said the reasonthat they don’t go to the dentist more often is because theycan’t afford it and a further 12% are worried that the costwill be too high. The results also show that a staggering onein five would not pay to have one or more teeth replaced. Bynot visiting the dentist regularly people could be putting theirdental health at risk and it may ultimately end up costingmore in the long term.People are turning to loans topay for their dental visitsOf the 38% of people who have had a dental bill of over£200 in the last year, 11% of respondents either paid fortheir visit through payday or bank loans. A further 6% eventurned to friends and family to help cover the costs, withpeople in London asking for help from friends and familymore than anywhere else in the UK. The survey found thatthe most common way to pay for a large dental bill was on acredit card with 40% taking this option.Concern over future dental costsWe also found that over half (52%) of British adults wereconcerned about being able to afford dental care in thefuture. Only 8% of those with bills in the last year of over£200 had dental insurance or a dental payment plan,both are a useful way to spread the cost of dental bills,allowing individuals to claim for check ups, treatment andemergencies.About our researchThe research was conducted by OnePoll using an online fieldworkmethodology. OnePoll surveyed 5,000 working adults from 25 March to2 April 2013. The research abides by the Market Research Society (MRS)code of conduct and is based around principles of data protection legislationand research ethics. The MRS code has the confidence of the businesscommunity, Government and regulators.Over 70% of British adults saw an NHS dentist ontheir last visitOne in ten British adults haven’t been to thedentist in five to ten years

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