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Article: Volume 41 Number 1 Page 40 - January/February 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 40-43

Dental Tourism:  International Rescue? Managing the Dental Tourist

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Abstract: The concept of dental tourism can be considered two-fold. On one side it is a term used to describe non-UK residing patients who visit, requesting NHS dental care whilst here in the UK. Alternatively, it also encompasses patients who travel to destinations outside their residing countries to receive care. The latter has become an ever-growing issue in the UK; one that warrants appropriate management and knowledge of current legislation amongst dental professionals.

Clinical relevance: Clarity and guidance on who is eligible for care under the NHS when visiting the UK and who, if anyone, is ultimately responsible when treatment abroad fails.

Author notes: Junaid Iqbal, BDS(Manch), Dental Foundation Trainee, Yorkshire and the Humber Deanery, Finkle Hill Dental Care, Sherburn in Elmet, Leeds, Shilpa Shah, BDS(Birm), MJDF RCS(Eng), CDP in Restorative Dentistry and Martin Ashley, BDS(Hons), FDS RCS(Eng), FDS(Rest Dent) RCS, MPhil, Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, University Dental Hospital of Manchester, Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester M25 6FH, UK.

Objective: To raise awareness of the ever-growing issues surrounding dental tourism and enhance understanding of the eligibility of non-UK residing patients to NHS dental care.