Written by Dentistry Today Friday, 17 December 2010 16:51
Dentists in England will be paid according to the number of people they treat, rather than the courses of treatment they provide, under new plans to reform the dentistry contract.
The move follows the government’s intention, set out in the Coalition Agreement, to introduce a new dental contract in a bid to shift practice away from “drill and fill” payments to incentivizing preventive treatment and quality care.
The previous reform of the dental contract in 2006 was widely criticized for rewarding dentists on activity against set targets. A House of Commons Health Select Committee concluded in 2008 that the new contract had not solved access problems nor improved quality, and that the payment system was extremely unpopular with dentists.