Vincentia Dental Blog with updates and views on current dental health developments.
|Posted on 17 May, 2017 at 1:50||comments (3)|
In February this year NIB announced that its profits had risen by 65% on the previous year. This is a huge increase when we consistently see a progressive reduction in the rebates provided to patients when claiming for treatment costs. Considering that dental fees in Australia have not kept pace with inflation how can health funds justify continued benefit reductions and increased membership fees?
I still fail to see the value in health fund extras cover with respect to dental treatment.
Most funds place arbitrary annual limits on claims meaning that if you have a serious accident and break more than one tooth then you will get a paltry refund. For example, most funds limit the number of crowns for which they will provide a rebate to one per year. If a person were to have an accident and break four front teeth then the fund would only provide a rebate for one crown. This rebate is usually only about 50% of the cost of this single crown. This amounts to the cost of about half of one crown, ie. 12.5% of the total cost for four crowns. Could this be considered insurance? I doubt it.
|Posted on 10 May, 2017 at 4:30||comments (0)|
According to a report in the Melbourne Age on 31st March, The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman State of the Health Funds Report 2015/16 confirms what’s long been suspected – members of not for profit health funds get more bang for their buck. It shows that not for profit health fund members receivemore back in rebates for each dollar in premium paid than members of Australia’s top three for profit funds – Medibank, Bupa & NIB, which together hold two thirds of the market.
If looking to join a health fund look for a not for profit fund.
|Posted on 30 October, 2016 at 2:15||comments (0)|
The National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia has recently released the findings of a study conducted at the University of Sydney. The results provide further evidence that there are no known adverse health effects while the benefits for the whole population are signficant.
It is disappointing that local councils are removing this valuable public health facility simply for politically populist reasons.
Fluoridation of water supplies has been provided for over half a century. It is supported by the World Health Organization, the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Dental Association.
Our young people need the care of the adult population to provide the decisions for the most appropriate health care based on evidence and reasoned debate. Childrens health should not be used for political purposes.
Remind your local councillors why they have been elected.
|Posted on 30 October, 2016 at 2:15||comments (0)|
The constant increase in private health insurance premiums combined with the continual decrease in rebates gives everyone a good reason to reassess the value in paying for extras cover.
Check out our page on health insurance and visit the ADA website time2switch.com.au.
You can put in a complaint to the NSW ombudsman as well as compare different health fund options.
|Posted on 31 May, 2016 at 19:15||comments (0)|
Good news for families. This scheme will now continue to operate after July 1 2016 as the legislation to halt the program was not passed prior to the announcement of the election.
|Posted on 20 April, 2016 at 20:00||comments (0)|
The federal government Health minister has indicated that the Child Dental Benefit Scheme is likely to conclude this year. This wonderful scheme has provided dental care to some of the most vulnerable and needy people in our community, our children. Particularly those in the lower income families. It is disappointing that our government is prepared to sacrifice childrens' health to save money but continues to let multi-billion dollar businesses drain money from our economy and pay virtually no tax.
Contact your local member of parliament and let them know that its time that the government took on the hard tasks of confronting these bullying, tax dodging, organisations instead of sacrificing the health of our nations children.
|Posted on 20 December, 2015 at 1:25||comments (0)|
We have installed a complete new airconditioning system to provide an increased level of comfort for everyone as well as reduce our carbon footprint by utilizing the latest in energy efficient air cooling systems.
I must give a thumbs up to the impressive level of service provided by the team at Simmark. I highly recommend their services.
We are now investigating a transition to solar energy for the entire building.
|Posted on 9 December, 2015 at 3:55||comments (1)|
Researchers at Case/Cleveland Cinic Post-menopausal Health Collaboration in the USA found a link between high scores on a Fracture Assessment Risk Tool and gum disease symptoms. Women with high scores for fracture risk aslo had the strongest symptoms of gum disease.
|Posted on 9 December, 2015 at 3:45||comments (0)|
Research published in the February 2015 issue of the journal Immunity reported that the bacteria, Fusubacterium nucleatum, found to be associated with gum disease can inhibit the human immune system in its fight against cancer cells. This gives everyone even more reason to maintain good oral health with regular flossing, brushing and interdental brushing.
This is one of many studies that link oral health with general health.
|Posted on 30 November, 2015 at 5:20||comments (0)|
The Council of European Dentists states "....current scientific literature do not support the use of lights. Since identical results can be obtained with less aggressive techniques, and taking into account the "primum non nocere" principle, dentists are advised to abstain from their use . CED statement on Whitening lamps 29 May 2015.
This means that dentists are advised that the use of whitening lamps is inadvisable and the more moderate use of lower concentration whitening agents with custom stents is a preferable option. This is the system we use at Vincentia Dental. This provides an efficient, long term whitening of your smile at a much lower cost than systems such as Zoom.