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    I had a root canal done when we were living in Egypt about 10 years ago, cost LE250 which was about 25 at the time. I woke up with a toothache, phoned the dentist at about 9am and was told to come straight to the (clean, modern, well equipped) surgery. I was out again by 11 with a temporary filling and went back a week later to get a permanent filling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yambo View Post
    Not dental but medical and a comparison between here and the UK.

    Two days ago I had the lens replaced in my right eye. This was basically a cataract operation but was for me, purely cosmetic. I had a cataract forming but the doc said that I'd have to wait 5 years to get it done on the insurance. It all kicked off a few weeks ago when my friend had his second eye operated on (same thing, lens replacement). I drove him back from the hospital but not until I'd had a consultation and discussed the options. Laser treatment was not ideal for me and I'd been told that in the UK a few years ago. But lens replacement was a good alternative. I was given all the pros and cons and was told the first eye could be done the following week. That didn't suit me so I opted for the following week and got done 2 days ago. My eye was uncomfortable for the evening but I woke up to no discomfort at all and with good distance vision. I'm told that close vision will improve over time and almost certainly before I go back for a check up next week. I'll have the left eye done in August probably. I have to put lots of drops in my eye for a couple of weeks and need to keep water out of it so I'm curtailing my sea borne activities for a while.

    OK, OK I know what you want to know. 6500 tl per eye. At Wednesday's rate of exchange 900. I can't take it with me, my sons don't need it (they'll get a house to argue over) and I'm fucked if the government are going to get it so I'm spending it. Fifty plus years of optical crutches always being a factor in my life is nearly over. You probably can't begin to know how happy this is making me. I had to buy a pair of sunglasses today - the first time, ever.
    Just to add a note of 'I'm ok with the UK's way' I had a cataract done a few years ago.
    Works fine, I can see through it and everything and it cost nowt extra.
    Err... thats all...as you were.

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    I've still got a 'temporary' filling that is, I think, about 4.5 years old I'm too scared to go and get it sorted even though I'm aware that it is not necessarily sitting quite right now and so all sorts of things could be going on under it.

    Really should go but I'm terrified of dentists. More so of dentists I can't communicate with!!! I'm abroad but I'm in the system - just need to find a friendly one that doesn't scare me, understands terrified patients and with luck, speaks a bit of English! LOL

    Or go and visit Yambo and see a dentist there - but given how life is going, that'd probably add another year to the 'life' of the temp filling!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makman View Post
    Apparently good Hungarian dentists as well. There are a few flights/hotel/treatment packages for way less than UK prices.
    I've heard similar things about Poland. It's half tempting to go over there and get all fancy veneers. But I can't be arsed / am too tight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demographic View Post
    Just to add a note of 'I'm ok with the UK's way' I had a cataract done a few years ago.
    Works fine, I can see through it and everything and it cost nowt extra.
    Err... thats all...as you were.
    How long did you have to wait?

    I went to my GP in the middle of July last year, he referred me to a consultant. I saw the consultant in October. He said I needed to have a biopsy. I had the biopsy at the end of last month. (For the mathematically challenged: that's 50 weeks. )

    The UK's way needs a damn good kick up the arse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saga_lout View Post
    How long did you have to wait?

    I went to my GP in the middle of July last year, he referred me to a consultant. I saw the consultant in October. He said I needed to have a biopsy. I had the biopsy at the end of last month. (For the mathematically challenged: that's 50 weeks. )

    The UK's way needs a damn good kick up the arse.
    Or those pesky tax avoiders need to pay tax and then that can be spent on the NHS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saga_lout View Post
    How long did you have to wait?

    I went to my GP in the middle of July last year, he referred me to a consultant. I saw the consultant in October. He said I needed to have a biopsy. I had the biopsy at the end of last month. (For the mathematically challenged: that's 50 weeks. )

    The UK's way needs a damn good kick up the arse.
    Two words, Spire Hartswood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taipan View Post
    Two words, Spire Hartswood.
    Paying for the NHS then paying again for private treatment isn't the way to improve the NHS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taipan View Post
    Two words, Spire Hartswood.
    Quote Originally Posted by Spire Hartswood
    A cataract removal procedure is available from 2,490
    For that sort of money you could fly here, stay in a 5* hotel, have both eyes done and have a holiday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saga_lout View Post
    Paying for the NHS then paying again for private treatment isn't the way to improve the NHS.
    Sounds like it could work out good for the NHS....... if everyone paid their tax and then never darkened the door of the NHS and went private for everything then the NHS would be swimming in cash, similar to buying a new freehold house on a new build estate and paying '' estate rent '' but also paying full council tax... win win for the local authority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saga_lout View Post
    Paying for the NHS then paying again for private treatment isn't the way to improve the NHS.
    No, but its a quicker way to improve your health!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saga_lout View Post
    Paying for the NHS then paying again for private treatment isn't the way to improve the NHS.
    No, of course not. Slogans on buses ftw; )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hudson View Post
    if everyone paid their tax and then never darkened the door of the NHS and went private for everything then the NHS would be swimming in cash.
    Oh, I think they'd mismanage it and end up skint, one inept way or another.

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    Day off today so went to Spain to see a dentist. Apparently I need 3 root canals (2 molars, one incisor) and a supporting brace €880 euros.

    €96 today for the consultation.

    Not much more than flights to Turkey or Bulgaria!

    ANy ideas what the average price for a root canal is?

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