Last week, I attended the Westminster Health Forum seminar, in what has now become an annual event to discuss what is happening in dentistry, on commissioning, access and ‘towards the new dental contract’. I am really still none the wiser. John Milne, chair of the GDPC said he was 'positive about the direction of travel', but that there was 'still a lot we don't know'. If he doesn’t know, what hope do the rest of us have?
We have known since the beginning that the new contract would be based on registration and capitation. But what does that mean in terms of fees and, more important, patients charges? One contributor, a health economist, who I understand is involved in the process, seemed totally unaware that some patients pay about two thirds of the cost of their treatment.