One in three families can’t make it back to expenses and begins to cut costs deemed unnecessary. Among these also the dentist for children.
According to a survey presented at the last National Congress of the College of Dentistry Teachers, in fact, in 2012 pediatric dental care fell by 40%.
According to estimates, 90% of children under the age of 14 (we are talking about five million children) would need dental appliances, but at the end of the day, two million of them remain without dental care (READ).
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The cause is undoubtedly there economic crisis (READ), also because hand in hand with the reduction in the use of private dentists, there has been an increase in requests from public clinics.
In fact, the demand to thepublic dental assistance and the 3,500 dentists who work in public health providing about four million services are in danger of collapse.
Indeed, it is not entirely surprising that, having to tighten their belts, Italian families try to save money in a sector that has always had the reputation of being extremely costly. The average cost of a device for the teeth and the consequent therapy is between 4500 and 6000 euros, a very considerable amount and not within everyone’s reach. And who does not give up the private dentist gets into debt with installment loans or even with the advance request of the severance pay.
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Like solve the problem?
It is undeniable that it is necessary to intervene in some way. Until now, private care was able to satisfy 90% of requests for dental visits and interventions, but with this trend the risk of public health collapsing is extremely serious. Not to mention the importance of guaranteeingaccess to dental care (READ) to all children.
Antonella Polimeni, president of the National College of Dentistry Teachers and Director of the Department of Odontostomatological Sciences of the Sapienza University of Rome, explains that the College of university professors, professional associations and companies in the sector have drawn up and approved a document that requires the possibility of deduct all dental expenses from taxes, as well as to introduce tax benefits for dental practices that invest in technological innovations.
The aim is also to combat tax evasion and illegal activity which is estimated to affect 15,000 operators without credentials.