Thursday, April 15, 2004

Free Markets in Socialist Countries

A LOCAL councillor fed up with the exorbitant prices of Britain's dentists has come up with an alternative plan. He will ship people to France for cheap operations on what he is calling The Tooth Ferry.

Bernard Buckle, who represents Cowes on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England, has already gained interest from more than 20 people in his plan to organise a coach and ferry trip to Normandy, north France.

Buckle was quoted by Britain's press today, saying he felt that travelling to continental Europe was the only way for people living on the Isle of Wight to receive affordable dental treatment.

Britain's free National Health Service does not offer treatment on the Isle of Wight.

The cost of having a cavity filled was approximately 20 euro ($32.67) in France with similar treatment costing about 75 euro ($122.50) privately in Britain.

"Treatment appears to be cheaper in France because there is greater competition for trade between dentists and they receive much larger government subsidies," Buckle said.

Agence France-Presse

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