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If you are looking for a Ballarat dentist, read this article first so you be able to make an informed decision.


At Lydiard Street Dental Clinic Ballarat, you can be confident that you will receive the most appropriate treatment options and ongoing care because we are free from external influences as we have no affiliation (no “preferred provider” status) with a health fund or a corporate entity. Therefore, you can be confident that whether it is a dental implant, cosmetic dentistry, jaw pain or emergency care, you can be sure that Lydiard Street Dental Clinic will provide you, the patient with the best care possible. We are a 100% independent dental clinic in Ballarat.


Dentistry in Australia is experiencing a huge shift with Health Funds and corporate entities becoming increasingly involved in the management and ownership of dental practices. They have large marketing budgets and are driven by cost control, high profits and patient volumes which jeopardises quality of care. Health funds increasing control means less choice for patients and less value for treatment received from their cover.


It is wrong that you as the patient with private insurance are financially penalised in being given differing rebates for the same service when choosing to see an independent dentist you know, trust and who knows you. If you are at low risk of having dental issues, we have no obligations with a third party and would advise that you would benefit not having dental cover.


Attached is a revealing article by ABC news*on the future landscape of dental care for Australia. Here is an extract from that article:


“On one online dentists' forum, Moss Vale dentist Patrick Meaney described a conversation with a dentist working at a Bupa-owned clinic:


"Had a call from a young Sydney university graduate. Got a job with a corporate, suburban Sydney practice, nothing flash but been there forever, owner sold out and is almost but not quite retired.


"They are expected to see four patients an hour. They're tired (after 20+ patients a day, I would be too). There's no money in it (they're on commission). None of the patients wants to pay a gap and cannot see why they should."


The troubled graduate told his senior colleague the big worry was there was not enough time to deal with many cases of undiagnosed periodontal or gum disease, which raised medicolegal and ethical issues, especially when "whizzing through complex presentations as though they're fluoride kids with great brushing habits. (They're not)."



Bruce Noble, who is a clinical tutor at the University of Adelaide dental school, said he was concerned about working conditions for young dentists going into corporate clinics.


"I've seen a document where a former student showed me where they have KPIs and an expectation of how long they will spend on tasks," Dr Noble said.


"So they're starting to regiment them as if there's a factory line and so that's where the insurer, they're dabbling in health."


In April, the Australian Dental Association accused some private health insurers of engaging in anti-competitive conduct.


It will take some time until change occurs. In the meantime, exercise the power of choice over the irreplaceable asset of your dental health. Consider if not having dental cover is appropriate for you or whether to switch to a not for profit health fund.

Please feel free to talk to our team about any questions you may have on this hot topic!

* by Paddy Manning (2017) “Dentists say targets and bonuses leading to unnecessary procedures on patients” ABC News 30 June.