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Fees

The cost of maintaining oral health is sadly perceived as always expensive. However our patients see the value of the services we provide reflected by their children’s successful treatment, and our own patients’ overall health outcomes.

Dental fees are based on a number of factors often determined by the practice’s cost of operations i.e. cost of dental equipment, cost of supplies and materials, business and professional indemnity insurances, business loan repayments, commercial office space rental, and the doctors professional fees.

A good indicative fee of how much a dental procedure would cost is to look at the Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Fee Schedule and Medicare’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule – both indicate what the government would pay a private dentist for providing bulk billed services.

MYTOOTHDOCTOR™ has based its fees on both fee government schedules and can be viewed and downloaded using the links below:

  1. https://www.dva.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/providers/DentalFeeSchedJan20.pdf
  2. https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/42FC28F2797C4A10CA257BF0001A35F6/$File/CDBS%20Guide%20v7%20-%201Jan2018.pdf

A former ADF serviceman must have a valid DVA Gold Card to avail of government bulk billed dental services. Children eligible under the Child Dental Benefits Scheme can access Medicare bulk billed in chair dental treatments up to a limit of $1000 every two years.

If a child requires a general anaesthetic, CDBS cannot be used to cover private dental fees.

To assist patients with their private health insurance claims, both our MYTOOTHDOCTOR™ surgeries in Aitkenvale and Bushland Beach have HICAPS facilities allowing us to claim PHI benefits on behalf of our patients.

For our regional mobile service locations, we offer a mobile HICAPS terminal that may, however, not work for specific private health insurers (i.e. BUPA, Medibank Private, AHM). Clients on these health funds would have to pay the full amount and would then need to submit a claim online or at PHI business Kiosk in Townsville or Mt Isa.

A good advise for clients in rural and remote regions to compare policies, avoid health funds with preferential rebates and factor in which health funds allow mobile Hicaps for dental claims to avoid being told by their health insurer to drive 700 km to their nearest “preferred provider.” The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends this link to compare health funds: https://www.ada.org.au/time2switch/Compare-your-Policy

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