Daily Mirror

Funding model wonky


DENTAL practices operate essentiall­y like a private firm paid via the NHS patient fee and a Government subsidy “per unit of activity”.

But how each unit is defined and funded is complex and contentiou­s, with dentists saying they receive the same amount for a patient needing five fillings as one.

The British Dental Associatio­n said estimated earnings for the typical dentist in England in 2008/09 were £67,800. By 2019/20, that figure had fallen to £58,100.

Wholly private dentists can earn more than £140,000 annually. The BDA says those going private are usually doing so to avoid NHS targets, spend longer with each patient and achieve a better work-life balance.

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