A. Duncraig Village Dental is a recognised provider to all Australian health funds. However in recent years some health funds have introduced a scheme to try and reduce the gap between the fee charged and the rebate. This has mainly been done by health funds that have not increased rebates for many years despite the cost of providing treatment increasing above the level of inflation. One particular health fund has rebates that are exactly the same as 1994. This scheme involves contracting dentists to provide services to their members at a fee that is set by the health fund, which is always below that dentist’s usual fee. For this the patient may be eligible to receive a rebate that is higher than if they went to the dentist of their choice. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) as do most dentists (90% of dentists are not contracted providers) believe this is not fair that a patient should be forced to leave a dentist of their choice so that they receive a higher rebate.
These types of schemes invariably lead to the health fund interfering in clinical decisions. Also if the fund drives down the fees dentists may be forced into cutting corners to contain costs. This leads to lowering of standards. At Duncraig Village Dental we believe in keeping standards as high as possible and avoiding situations where standards could ultimately be compromised.