A WELLINGTON woman is complaining
about the cost of seeing a
dentist - and the fact that you have
to pay ‘up front’.
Kim Thorne, who lives in Mantle
Street, told the WWN: “I rang the
Station Road dentist practice to cancel
my appointment for next week
and re-book another one.
“I was offered an appointment
in May, so I took it. I was then told I
would need to pay up front the £39
- that’s just for a check up. When I
asked why, I was told that this is now
the policy for all private dentists. As
I had no choice I had to pay.
“I have now paid for a service that
I won’t be using for another month!
This is absolutely disgraceful.
“I spoke to one lady after she
recently visited a dentist. She said
that she’s never had a credit card
in her life, but she’s had to get one
because she needs treatment and
couldn’t afford the private prices.
“This isn’t just adults that’s affected
but children too. It’s bad enough
for one member of the family but
when you’ve got children, how an
earth are parents expected to be
able to afford it? Especially with the
cost of living rising rapidly.
“I did email Rebecca Pow originally
about this and she replied that she
was aware of the situation and that
meetings were ongoing in Parliament.”
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