Dental care in the Gulf
Looks like I'm going to need some orthodontist work done to stop teeth from shifting (which is causing my gums to recede). It's not bad now but if I don't do anything it will only get worse. So says my dentist in the UK, who I trust.
I don't want to wait until I move back permanently for dental treatment so I'm looking at getting it done in Qatar. But so far it's very hard to find decent information on clinics in Doha, and when I contacted two of the better known ones I was quoted between 300-400 QAR for the initial consultancy (fine enough) but also told in that simpering way of health clinic assistants that there would also be a series of x-rays on the teeth, which would allow the dentist to better evaluate my case, and which would cost me around 1200 QAR. And that's even before anything's done!
Note: I do not have dental health insurance worth a damn.
I have a sickening feeling that trying to have dental work done in the GCC is similar to many people's experience with private health clinics, you go in for an initial evaluation and end up being passed around as many consultants as possible and charged multiple hundreds if not thousands per consultant and only to get negligible results at the end, or something that totally contradicts what your home GP tells you, or being told you need to undergo X + Y + Z + a hundred other specialist treatments and when you tell your home GP (in this case, my ma) she goes "whaaaaa?!"
So - has anyone had decent experience with dentists, especially orthodontist work, in the GCC? And how much did it cost you?
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