DIY Dentistry in England

This is exactly why I’m against nationalized health care (My Emphasis).

Six percent of those questioned in a survey of 5,000 patients admitted they had resorted to self-treatment using pliers and glue, the UK’s Press Association reported.

"I took most of my teeth out in the shed with pliers. I have one to go," another respondent wrote.

Others said they had fixed broken crowns using glue to avoid costly dental work.

Valerie Halsworth, 64, told British television’s GMTV she had removed seven of her own teeth using her husband’s pliers when her toothache became unbearable and she was unable to find an NHS dentist willing to treat her.

My mom just had some dental work done, and we were talking about, unpleasant as it is, we appreciated living in a country where we had access to dental care. The nationalized healthcare system in England has reduced the quality of its dental care to third-world levels, at least for the poor who can’t afford the more expensive private dentists.

It’s a terrible idea that doesn’t work, and it’s insane that some people think we should imitate that system. The current health-insurance system is broken, but a nationalized health care system would only be worse.

(Via Boing Boing)

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