Friday, November 04, 2016

Dentists urge patients to look at their 'dental extras' coverage

Victorians are being asked to consider the value of the dental component of their 'extras' private health insurance following the State launch of ADA’s ‘#time2switch’ campaign.

Having examined the dental extras component of thousands of private health insurance policies, ADA is asking Australians to consider why their 'dental extras' rebate is decreasing while  health fund premiums rise.

ADA Federal President Dr Rick Olive AM RFD (pictured) urged ADAVB members attending a Melbourne forum to ask their patients to check the merits of their dental extras cover and consider lodging a complaint with the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Dentists have been provided with resource materials to encourage patients to visit the 'time2switch' website and consider a complaint to the Ombudsman.  Within the first 2 weeks of the campaign, over 2700 complaints had already been lodged, and many thousands more are anticipated.