The British government introduced reform last year to only pay Dentists an annual stipend based on the business they did in 2006. If their costs run over that stipend they have to swallow the costs. The result: dentists can't accept new patients or perform more procedures than in 2006. I first learned of this from the BBC Newspod Podcast
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to resume fretting over the new crown I'm getting in the morning.