The following information is taken from the Australian Dental Association website www.ada.org.au
These days most people can choose which dentists will provide their dental care. However, some health funds are attempting to force their members to see the health funds’ dentist of choice. Some funds call these dentists ‘preferred providers’ or ‘participating providers’. They are contractually bound to that health fund. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) believes that maintaining patient choice is a crucial element to providing high standards of dental care. That’s why the ADA believes you should be fully informed about all the implications that contracted dentistry will have on the dental care for you and your family. To help you understand this issue we have developed this brochure to answer some of the questions that you might have about retaining the right of patient choice of who delivers your dental care. After all, this is one of the key reasons for having private health.