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      Is skill mix profitable in the current NHS dental contract in England?

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      British dental journal

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          Abstract

          The use of skill mix in medicine is now widespread, yet it appears that its use in dentistry is not as prominent. Unlike doctors, dentists are required to mitigate the financial risk produced by their capital investment and ensure an adequate cash flow to cover their annual running costs. Examining the financial incentives for employing dental care professionals is therefore an important step to understand why dentistry appears to lag behind medicine in skill mix. It is also apposite, given the announcement of the coalition government to develop a new contract, which could introduce incentives for the use of dental care professionals in this way. The purpose of this short paper is to examine whether skill mix is profitable for general dental practices under the existing NHS contract in England.

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          Journal
          Br Dent J
          British dental journal
          1476-5373
          0007-0610
          Apr 9 2011
          : 210
          : 7
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Dental Public Health, School of Dentistry, The University of Manchester, Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester, M15 6FH. paul.brocklehurst@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk
          Article
          sj.bdj.2011.238
          10.1038/sj.bdj.2011.238
          21475274

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