A new patient system which aims to reward and increase quality has been unveiled by the NHS. This new scheme will see dentists providing a set quantity of NHS treatments that they will be paid for, and they will be rewarded for each patient and not each treatment.
At the moment, 62 dental practices have been chosen to trial the new scheme. According to the government, this new scheme is meant to pull dental practitioners away from the “drill and fill” mentality, where payments have been tied to target treatment.
Now, dentists are meant to collaborate with their patients to promote proper oral health are to be held responsible for the value of treatments they provide. For the patients, this new scheme will restore their right to be registered with a dentist.
If the scheme is successful, the new scheme could be introduced in April 2014 as a general practice. Health Minister Lord Howe said that this approach is not only beneficial for patients, but it is also a better use of the NHS’s resources.
“We want our reforms to give dentists the encouragement they are looking for to provide a service that meets the needs of today’s population, and which fosters positive habits from an early age,” Howe said.