The recession has seen spending on private dentistry fall for the first time on record, according to Laing and Buisson's Dentistry UK Market Report 2011, yet dental plans are ever more popular.
Private dentistry has decreased by an estimated 7% in real terms over 2008/09 and 2009/10, as consumers cut back, and NHS availability encouraged patients to save on dentistry costs. The survey shows 58% of primary care dentistry spending was on NHS treatment in 2009/10, equivalent to £3.3bn, while the remaining 42% of UK market value was represented by private dentistry, worth some £2.4bn. Private spend is estimated to have peaked at around £2.5bn for the UK in 2007/08, just prior to the economic recession. Elsewhere, the Report reports that dental plans have become more popular, wit...
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