5 January 2010
Q. A patient has requested their dental x-rays because they want to have dental treatment provided abroad where it is cheaper. Can I give them to the patient?
We recommend that you only allow the patient to take away copies of your radiographs, retaining the originals yourself. The patient is of course entitled to copies but is liable for any reasonable charges incurred in doing so.
You have obviously made the patient aware of the potential problems associated with seeking treatment abroad, especially the provision of follow-up care which may be necessary should the treatment not go according to plan. You cannot be held responsible for the outcome of another practitioner's work.
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GDC's view on 'Going abroad for your dental care'