White teeth: should Australia take UK as a model?

Crikey readers weigh in on the issues of the day.

Dental care: UK v Oz

Rebecca Barnett writes: Re. “Extortionate dental care is our national disgrace” (Friday). While I entirely agree with Guy Rundle that the cost of dental care in Australia is a national disgrace his claims about British dental care are inaccurate. Non-cosmetic dental care in the UK is free only until you are 18. After this it costs 15 pounds for a check-up, which you are supposed to have every six months and which you are reminded to book for by the dental practice. Extra work, such as wisdom tooth extraction, costs more money. Admittedly this is still considerably less than in Australia and in my experience my British dentist has always advised on more limited, and therefore cheaper work, than Australian dentists. We need to rethink dental care in Australia but I do not think that it should be modelled on the British one.

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5 thoughts on “White teeth: should Australia take UK as a model?

  1. Mark Duffett

    Perhaps we should wait for Doyle’s interview of Tony Abbott before hailing a new paradigm in Australian political interviewing. I very much wonder if the latter would get the same ‘relaxed’ treatment from the former; or, if he did, that this would be so well received by the RN/Crikey audience.

  2. John Bennetts

    Well, Daman Langguth may or may not be the ideal person to provide advice re Medicare, dentistry and the like, given that he is, as a “doctor”, severely conflicted.

    I well remember the time when the SydHerald’s subs used to have at their elbow a listing of medicos in NSW. One of their tasks was to ensure that the honorific “Dr.” was only applied to those who are actually in possession of a doctoral degree – typically, a PhD. Those not measuring up would be referred to as “Mr Daman Langguth, Medical Practitioner”, etc.

    Times have changed, but those social climbing grubs have had their way – they have got away with the unearned title and with it a considerable amount of unearned income.

    Pity of it all is, that this creeping nonsense continues. Vets and dentists have joined the gravy train in search of cachet and riches.

    Disclaimer: Among my near relatives are a handful of PhD doctors, at least one DD doctor of divinity and absolutely no vets, fang farriers or quacks.

    It could be said that our common or garden doctors have been, through the years, especially good at doctoring their bachelor’s credentials in health stuff into higher degrees – a process known to many of us as fraud.

  3. zut alors

    Re John Doyle: the alleged ‘soft’ approach frequently elicits more from the interviewee because they are feeling less defensive – and more amenable towards the interviewer.

    And I agree with Dylan Taylor’s comments about the general bemoaning by many presenters/journalists.

  4. tonyfunnywalker

    A Much as I loved Fran Kelly – John Doyle has been a revelation, but what I like is that he listens to the person been interviewed ( rather than thinking what the question will be) he does not interrupt the person being interviewed (Interviewers do this because they think their opinion is better that person they are supposed to be interviewing,(Nicki Savvas style) or asking the same question by just rephrasing the pervious question. ( Nikki Savvas again).

    In otherwords – he has style and as a result he gets the ” being interviewed’s” views and does not piss the audience off by being rude. Leave that to the shock jocks.

    The I article that made me puke was the Richardson article in the OZ- I have a long memory Graham of “some of your mistakes” and if you want to puke now that Gillard is improving in NewsPoll your article reminded me of Monty Python’s ” Meaning of Life” (the Gluttony scene) — just a small one SIR————-chunder – as that is what I expect you to do when Gillard wins without your advice on how to lose.

  5. Malcolm Street

    Daman – and your ideas for making dental care in Australia more affordable are?

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