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Monday, June 13, 2005

Future of NZ Dentistry?

Rodney blogged last week on Alvin who needed dental care, but had to wait for up to two years for treatment because his case was only "semi-urgent". Taking it to the top by getting the Minister for Health onto it resulted in agreement that Alvin needed treatment. They haven't actually done the work for him yet, just agreed that it needs to be done. Presumably there's a real shortage of dental people.

What about skipping the New Zealand queue system for dental service altogether? Britain and Germany are already onto it. Their medical systems help pay for patients to go to Poland for their dental care.
When a mini-bus with Germans or the English arrives in front of [a dental] hospital, a nurse welcomes them with a broad grin and a cheerful ‘Guten Tag or Hello’. Double rooms with private bathrooms are awaiting them, and in fact they receive treatment, relax and the possibility of sightseeing in one. National tv and newspapers as well as a chance of going to a hairdresser, café or using a swimming pool are all at hand.


The benefits are threefold: Polish hospitals get bigger fees, and German or English patients are co-funded by their national health service, so both people and institutions are satisfied with twice or even three times lower spending.
A trip to Poland to get your teeth done, no visa needed... something to think about.

Posted by Lucia Maria | 6/13/2005 04:45:00 pm


Blogger ZenTiger said...

What a damn good idea. Do they remove gristle from fangs? The last lefty was a bit, err, stubborn.

6/13/2005 06:19:00 pm  
Blogger Theprophet said...

Ahh Zen you're an animal. No doubt.

I hear Poland is very nice at this time of year. They also have excellent Wodka.

Allah protect us.

6/14/2005 12:51:00 am  

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