Ending discriminatory rebates

We’re fighting for an end to discriminatory rebates.

For a system where “same policy, same rebate” is a reality.

Where people are able to see their health practitioner of choice without penalty.

A fundamental benefit of private health insurance is that consumers can choose which health

practitioner they see. However, health funds are interfering in this process by paying different

rebates depending on which health practitioner a consumer sees through their contracted or

preferred provider schemes. For consumers, it means that if my health practitioner is not

contracted to the health fund, I won’t receive the maximum rebate that I could have received

based on the treatment I have received and the policy I hold. This is unfair and un-Australian.

WE ask that the Senate:

Amend the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 to make it illegal for health funds to pay different

benefit amounts to customers who hold the same General Treatment policy and receive the

same dental service purely on the basis of the fund-contracted or independent status of the

dental practitioner who has provided the service.

Charcoal-based toothpastes to clean and/or whiten the teeth.

The Australian Dental Association recommends against the use of charcoal-powder or charcoal-based toothpastes to clean and/or whiten the teeth.

These products can be abrasive and damaging to the teeth and gums and many do not contain fluoride, a key ingredient in protecting and strengthening the teeth. These products use consumer-attractive terms such as herbal, eco-friendly, natural, organic and pure— however the health benefits of charcoal-based products remain unproven.

If you have any questions about teeth whitening please ask one of our friendly dentists.

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The snow white smile, at what cost?

A growing number of whitening products are being retailed as ‘safe’ and ‘natural’.  But who is regulating the influx of these products flooding the Australian cosmetic market? Are they actually safe?

 

What you need to know

 

Three new studies have found that products containing hydrogen peroxide as an active ingredient in over the counter whitening products can ‘damage the protein-rich dentin tissue found beneath the tooth’s protective enamel’. Without a professional dental assessment this can cause irreversible damage to the tooth structures.

 

Some overseas and Australian websites and online sellers are also selling products that do not comply with Australian standards and exceed legal limits of concentration. Young consumers are particularly at risk in this market as they are the least aware of the possible permanent risks.

 

The ADA have documented its concerns about manufacturers using confusing and misleading statements in a submission to the ACCC.

 

If you need any advice about whitening procedures and recommended products please see one of dentists.

How to get kids to brush their Teeth!

When it comes to a bedtime routine, or getting out of the house on time in the morning, parents often feel like they are swimming against the current on a number of fronts - making school lunches, getting everyone bathed and dressed, and accommodating everyone’s food preferences. But more often than not the biggest concern we hear from parents, is how to get their kids to brush their teeth.

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"Watch your Mouth" Dental Health Week 2018

Dental health week, which takes place August 6 - 12, is an annual oral health promotion event organised by the Australian Dental Association. The aim of dental health week is to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health in every aspect of their lives and to encourage the following key habits:

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