Originally Posted by shay123
As the original poster thank you all for the lively comments. In conclusion, I would surmise that davo has a vested interest in all this and although all comments are appreciated, what is not appreciated is the arrogance of comparing this problem to having heart surgery done by a GP. What you need to realize, I suspect you are in a very different place, is the pressure some of us are under at the moment and when asked what I wanted for Christmas by my partner my reply was dental treatment please.
Whilst specialist's deserve a good living my whole point is that you just know when something is just a bit too expensive and whilst we all could overlook the feeling in the past we cannot do so now.
This is something that is not going away and without anyone speaking out we will continue to be told, now there's a good lad, just pay up and go on your way.
OP I think you read my post again, you will see the word "analogy" not the word "compare" they have two very different meanings, an analogy is used to illustrate a point, if you prefer, I can edit post and change it to a big toe problem and big toe surgeon.
There is a difference also between something which is unaffordable to an individual at a particular time and a rip off. I may be offered an item at below cost but still not be able to afford it.
My main point was that you were referred to a specialist, got a quote, rang another GP dentist, got a lower quote as would be expected then screamed "rip off". It makes no difference to me where you go so I have no vested interest, but in the interest of fairness I think you should give post an accurate description of the situation. I suspect you knew well that one was a specialist because the referring dentist would have told you as much, and one was a general dentist in Newry.
If you want a balanced price comparison, contact one of the Periodontists in Belfast, ask your GDP to send a copy of the referral which will have a description of your condition and ask for a quotation for treatment, you might be surprised at how little the price varies for this type of time consuming treatment.
As with all specialist treatments, it is your right to weigh up the cost/benefits and decide to proceed or not as the case may be, no one can force you to have it.
Lastly, just to put some perspective on this, you probably spent tens of thousands of punts and euro on cigerettes getting your teeth into their present condition and will spend more money on dentures if the problem is not attended to. Have you considered going to your GDP, explaining the situation, asking him/her to carry out treatment to keep things stable until some time in the future when you can have more comprehensive treatment?