Dental Pricing and Payment
IS DENTAL INSURANCE IN AUSTRALIA WORTH THE COST?
As a general rule, a dentist has to pay out approximately 70% of all fees received in the overhead costs of running the practice. If the practice tries to cut these costs to lower the fees you pay, there is a danger that the quality of your treatment may be compromised.
The fees charged in our practice are kept as low as possible whilst providing care of the highest quality. There is no comfort in providing cheap dentistry as is means a lower quality of care for patients.
The best way to lower your dental costs is to prevent dental decay and gum disease in the first place. Regular check-ups are a relatively inexpensive way to avoid higher costs.
- Each health fund determines what level of rebates it will pay based on its own commercial requirements.
- An important aim of some health funds is, quite appropriately, to make profits for their shareholders as well as to provide rebates for their customers.
- The rebates payable on dental fees are unlikely, in many cases, to cover more than 60% for common dental items and may cover less than half the cost of complex and expensive procedures.
- For some people, these rebates may be of assistance in offsetting some of the costs for more expensive procedures but some arrangements may not always represent value for money for routine dentistry for you and your family.
|Private Health Insurance Ombudsman|
Suite 1201, St Martins Tower,
31 Market Street, Sydney 2000
|Ph: 1800 640 695|
Fax: 02 9261 5937
Before paying premiums for dental benefits, or selecting a particular benefit table, you should ensure that these costs represent value for you and your family. Please ask us for advice on this matter.