Dentistry (Industrial Report) - UK - September 2014
“The initial signs are that the costs of providing NHS care are likely to rise for practices under a new contract. The expense associated with new IT systems and an expanded dental care professional team will serve to push more towards the private sector.”
- Ben Harris, Industrial Analyst
This report addresses the following key questions concerning the Dentistry market:
- How will the new NHS dental contract impact the way practices operate?
- What has been the impact of direct access on the dental industry?
- How can practices offering private treatments attract patients in an increasingly competitive sector?
- What do patients value most in their experience of dental treatment and how can practices take advantage of this?
- To what extent are patients concerned about their ability to afford dental treatment?
For the purposes of this report, our definition of the UK dentistry market includes the following sectors:
The NHS primary general dental service - this includes revenues from patient fees and revenues from government payments to practices under dental contracts.
The private sector – this includes patient fees paid on a per-treatment basis to dentists and revenues from dental plans. The private sector is segmented into primary general dental services – those same treatments that are available under the NHS – and private cosmetic dental services, which are additional treatments where there is no defined patient need.
Hospital, community and personal dental services are excluded from this report.
The terms ‘dental care professionals’ and ‘dental specialists’ are used to refer to those qualified employees that support dentists, such as dental technicians, nurses, therapists and hygienists.
The companies profiled in this report include a range of operators in the corporate dental industry (companies operating three or more dental practices) and dental insurance industry. They are selected as being representative of a cross-sample of types of operator rather than necessarily the largest industry participants.
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