ADA National fee surveys show that dentists’ fees over the 17 year period from 1996-2012 have increased on average by less than 5% annually.
- You should ask what your health fund average premium increases have been over the same period.
- The Federal Government has been subsidising health fund premiums by 30%. Whilst this has recently been reviewed there is still substantial subsidy on offer.
- You should ask how much your health fund’s dental rebates have gone up over the same period.
- The lack of increased dental rebates explains the increasing gap between fee and rebate. This has not been caused by your dentist