In dentistry, as in medicine, there are often long delays between an adverse incident, the reporting and ultimate settlement of any subsequent claim. At any moment in time, therefore, there is the potential for Dental Protection to incur costs long into the future, in relation to incidents that have already occurred, but which have not yet become a complaint or claim. The cost of these potential future claims need to be provided for in addition to the costs arising from reported (known) claims. Year after year, Dental Protection makes provision for both reported claims and those yet to be reported, and which might become a liability for MPS.
At the end of 2011, MPS had more than £1.7 billion in total assets available to meet claims – these assets are sufficient to meet both reported and potential future claims – a fully funded position. The strength of this position is independently verified by an internationally respected firm of consulting actuaries acting in accordance with Guidance Note 12 of the Institute of Actuaries.
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