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Are dentistry costs out of control in NZ?

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If you can't afford dental work, simply get the work done and force a "flexible" response from the dentist, suggests a consumer champion.

In the latest edition of Woman's Weekly, former Fair Go presenter Kevin Milne offers a few options in response to a query from a woman whose son needed $5000 of dental repairs, including root canal work.

The magazine's consumer columnist recommends approaching the dentist to organise a scheduled payment option. Another "controversial" option, he says, is to get the work done "before he tells the dentist he doesn't have the funds right now".

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