This shows where socialized medicine ends up. Brits are told that they are entitled to "free" dentistry but the pay the NHS offers to dentists is so lousy that there are fewer and fewer NHS dentists around. So Brits pay for health insurance but cannot collect what they have paid for. Very often their only option is to pay a second time -- to go to an expensive private dentist
A woman told today how she got a friend to pull out one of her teeth with a pair of pliers and filmed the gruesome process on a mobile phone after failing to find an NHS dentist. Diane Hunter, 45, described how she became so exasperated after two years of toothache she opted for a DIY option. "In the end I just got really drunk and got a friend to pull it out with a pair of big pliers," she told the Bradford Telegraph and Argus. "There was a lots of blood but I just needed the tooth out - it was causing me great pain and it still is."
Miss Hunter, who lives in the Listerhills area of Bradford, said she has not seen a dentist for more than 20 years and failed in her search for any offering NHS care. She said she first tried the old schoolboy trick of tying one end of a piece of string around her tooth and the other around a door handle before slamming the door but it did not work. Miss Hunter told the paper she would never pull her own teeth out again. "I was going to do it again but I showed a nurse at the doctor's surgery what I had done and she said it could cause a heart attack," she said.
She even went to hospital for help at one point but was never given anything more than paracetamol. Her friend performed the DIY dentistry about six months ago.
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