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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2004

    Default dentist....argh!!!

    Hi all

    Thought you might like to know about my trip to the dentist and the pain I felt - when paying!!! :eek Goodness, I am definately in the wrong health profession - I should have trained as a dentist - $85 for 10 minutes work!! I had a broken tooth repair - patch up really - though good job I think.

    Have to say though, the dentist was extremely nice( I would be for $85 for 10 mins work! ) which really helped my nerves!

    I used to have a denplan policy in UK- I can't find any dental plan and have been told by many people that they do not exist. Some kiwis have told me they just do not visit the dentist - too expensive. I am lucky my teeth are quite healthy but it must be terrible if you have dental problems but just can't afford to see a dentist to sort them out. I am thinking of starting a seperate account for health care here in NZ - put aside a certain amount of money each month for dental care, optician, private health.

    Something else I miss about UK - the peace of mind knowing if I need health care, it will be provided through my various private health plans - and the premiums were cheap compared to the NZ equivalent (private hospital treatment).


    PS - I don't know if others do this but the way I compare prices to UK is to look at my hourly wage here and what I can buy with it compared to what I could for my hourly pay in the UK. (That sounds a bit muddled but I think you know what I mean! :? ) Example - a paperback bestseller book costs more than my hourly earnings in NZ - I used to be able to buy 3 1/2 books in UK for my hourly pay!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Inland Canterbury, NZ


    Uh oh - I have to go to the dentist too - had a root canal few weeks before I left and it needs checking as painful...

    I didn't have a dental plan in the UK so am quite used to paying jaw-dropping prices... but then I haven't (touch wood) been much in the past.

    Do you know if they give gas here ???

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Mount Maunganui


    At least you don't have to book up 6 months in sdvance, or queue for 24 hrs just to get registered!

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