Would you pay £25 deposit for dental treatment?

Yeah ok £25 isnt much to some people but the reason I ask is I just signed up with new dentist which wants £25 deposit for whatever treatment no matter how small(though not check ups etc)

Now currently I am signing on so this is about half my weekly money so its a bit rough on people like me.

Would you be willing to pay if you were in similar situation?

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can you not get treatment on the NHS as you out of work.

Have you looked into finding a nhs dentist? I wouldn't use any dentist other than nhs tbh.

EDIT: Didn't see the jsa thing so yeah you should get it for free via nhs dentist. Even if not free there prices are a lot better and capped so they cannot overcharge you.
Edited by: "jennyrocks" 24th Feb 2011

Original Poster

This is where its confusing, they said even though the treatment is free via NHS this deposit is to make sure you dont stop treatment half way through.

I found it strange too as I am on benefits.

ok maybe they dont get paid from nhs until all work is done maybe this is why the want a deposit.

I'm with an NHS dentist, & I've never been asked to pay a deposit.
When I've had to go back to finish off some work I've only ever been asked to pay at the end, once the work is completed.

Ahh good old benefit banter on hukd, just remember the majority of us are paying for you and your treatment

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numptyj

Ahh good old benefit banter on hukd, just remember the majority of us are … Ahh good old benefit banter on hukd, just remember the majority of us are paying for you and your treatment



Thats ok its not as if I go to the doctors or dentist all the time though lol, I have been to the dentist once in 10 years and that was for emergency treatment after my tooth cracked and last time I got anything from doctors was 3 years ago for a chest infection so I am sure the times when I worked for like a year/18 months a time when I was younger paid for whatever treatment I got.

ryouga

Thats ok its not as if I go to the doctors or dentist all the time though … Thats ok its not as if I go to the doctors or dentist all the time though lol, I have been to the dentist once in 10 years and that was for emergency treatment after my tooth cracked and last time I got anything from doctors was 3 years ago for a chest infection so I am sure the times when I worked for like a year/18 months a time when I was younger paid for whatever treatment I got.



You suggesting you've paid in more than you've taken out? You sure about that? oO
Edited by: "jah128" 24th Feb 2011

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jah128

You suggesting you've paid in more than you've taken out? You sure about … You suggesting you've paid in more than you've taken out? You sure about that? oO



If you count growing up as a kid as well then no, if since a adult it comes down to if you classify student loans in the same way since I have only signed on for a combined total of 2 years in my life and over half that was when living at home.

In b4 classic ryouga thread



Oh wait!

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boothy

In b4 classic ryouga threadOh wait!



In what way or are you just trolling? I assume trolling since you act as if everything I say is "classic"

So are you a student or a dole bludger now then?

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bassman_uk

So are you a student or a dole bludger now then?



Either reply then I lose out lol

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You get the £25 back once treatment is completed...what's the problem? Surely you must have a family member willing to put the £25 down for you?

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lumoruk

You get the £25 back once treatment is completed...what's the problem? … You get the £25 back once treatment is completed...what's the problem? Surely you must have a family member willing to put the £25 down for you?



Only close family I have is parents who are retired so cant afford it, well they may say they will help but they are on breadline as it is.

I did pay the £25 btw I just meant that its a lot of money for someone like me in OP.

I have just finished a course of treatments and paid for the checkup on the first visit and the £165 at the end.. Max National Health charge.
I would never pay a deposit. !!!

It's probably a deposit so you actually turn up for the appointment.

I had to pay the 'deposit' which was the same price as a checkup with an NHS dentist, then the dental practice changed hands and they had no record of my money. When I did have a checkup the dentist hardly spoke English and missed the fact I needed a filling despite me pointing out where it hurt, so it's back to my old private dental practice
If you get into a good NHS dentist you should think yourself lucky and you would have to spend the £25 on the checkup anyway.

LoveHearts

It's probably a deposit so you actually turn up for the appointment.



That's what they said to me.

Edit: you'll get it in credit towards any treatment costs though.

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ryouga

Only close family I have is parents who are retired so cant afford it, … Only close family I have is parents who are retired so cant afford it, well they may say they will help but they are on breadline as it is.I did pay the £25 btw I just meant that its a lot of money for someone like me in OP.



I guess you live in a poor area and they are sick of people booking appointments and not turning up? Like they should for work but can't be arsed saying that i've missed many appointments and had to pay a fine while private. Now i'm NHS its 3 strikes you're out i'm on my 3rd. Wish i could just pay the fine to get rid of the strikes.

Complain to whoever are the professional body for dentists where you are - and to the NHS.

With the tories in there will be many who cannot afford or find the 25 quid - and so this is just disqualifying them from the treatment they are legally entitled to on the NHS.
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