Medland Dental Fees
Medland Dental is proud to be an independent dental practice.
The Australian Dental Association does not set fees. Nor is there a “recommended” fee for any given treatment. This can be confusing to dental patients as there can be a significant variation in fees especially between practices that choose to be contracted to health insurance companies and therefore work off a fee schedule set by the insurance company, those that are owned by the big dental corporations, and the fees charged by independent dental practices.
Medland Dental is proud to be an independent dental practice.
Providing optimum patient care, individually tailored to each patient’s individual needs is Medland Dental’s first priority. Medland Dental prides itself on unbiased and uncompromising service and treatment, individualised care and technical excellence, so we have made the conscious decision not to be contracted to any of the health insurance companies or be bought out by a dental corporation.
We Prefer Not Being Preferred™
How do Medland Dental's fees compare?
Medland Dental regularly reviews our fees in comparison to other independent dental practices to ensure comparability. We feel that our fees reflect the quality of the materials and techniques used and the level of care that we provide during treatment and after treatment for all of our patients.
The benefits of choosing Medland Dental
Some dental practices outsource the production of their crowns to overseas companies. These companies are not regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia. Some of these products from the overseas labs may be good, others may provide poorer quality colour matching, fit and construction. Some of these overseas manufacturers may use substandard materials that may not be TGA-approved.
We are one of the few dental practices with an onsite dental laboratory. We use only TGA-approved materials and guarantee that your dental work is handmade onsite by highly experienced laboratory technicians and ceramists using the best materials, and not sent overseas. At Medland Dental we like to ensure that every crown cemented is perfect, both in fit and appearance, and with our lab onsite, any adjustments can be made during your appointment, negating the need to either rebook your appointment whilst your crown is sent away again or having it cemented whether or not it fits correctly or looks perfect.
We ensure that we take the time required to perform all dental treatments meticulously, from dental restorations to professional scale and cleans to crowns, and ensure your comfort during the procedure. We use materials as they are designed to be used and ensure that we take the time and use the protocols recommended with materials to ensure optimal longevity and performance.
We have strict sterilising protocols with many instruments that are technically reusable for example, files used during root canal treatment, discarded after use. This ensures that their sterility is guaranteed every patient gets the benefit of brand new instruments. We do not reuse “single-use” items.
When comparing fees between dental practices it is important to consider:
- If they are an independent dental practice or contracted to a health insurance company or owned and managed by a corporate?
- If any work that is made in a dental laboratory is made of TGA-approved materials and is sent either directly offshore or to a middleman that then sends on to an offshore laboratory?
- The sterilising procedures and instrument re-use protocols?
- The time taken to perform treatment and the level of service provided during treatment?
- Post-treatment care provided?
Did you know the term”preferred provider”
is a phrase coined by health insurance companies?
Private health insurers may show a preference towards particular healthcare providers because they have a financial relationship with them. It is a common misconception that providers are “preferred” based on their level of skill and quality of care.
Unfortunately, it is a recommendation based on inflating the health insurance companies’ bottom line. They pocket the premiums, get a share of the providers’ fee and then control the rebate patients receive. They also have a say in how these “preferred” providers are staffed and operated, and the treatment options their clinicians can provide their patients.
It makes you wonder; in regard to your extras cover, who’s really benefiting here?
At Medland, we are proudly independent. We are not controlled by any insurance companies. Choosing to remain independent allows us to always strive for excellence, to select only the best clinicians and staff, as well as control our exceptional standards of practice. Superior dental care tailored to the individual has always been our highest priority.
So when it comes to your choice of dental provider, who would you prefer?
Health insurance claims can be processed onsite as we have HICAPS facilities available, this reduces your our of pocket expense as the rebate your insurer pays reduces the gap payment.
Each health fund establishes the amount back or rebate you will get for each service that is provided at allied health practices.
As an independent practice we set our own fees that allow us to operate to an exceptional level without compromise. This means that some health funds rebates do not cover the full fee for treatment.
There are some health insurance companies that pay better rebates, or fully cover some preventive treatment at independent practices so it is worth shopping around for health insurance!
All of our dentists, hygienists and oral heath therapists can treat patients who are covered by the CDBS.
Dr Morrison, Dr Yang and all of our hygienist and oral health therapist team provide bulk billing under this program assuming the patient has enough funds available to cover the treatment.
Dr Kam and Dr Lillicrap can also treat patients under this scheme; however, they do not bulk bill.
We certainly do! We are proud to look after Gold and White card holders under the DVA scheme.
There are certain fees that are not covered however your Medland dentist or hygienist would be sure to advise you of any fees that would be out of pocket to you!
Our front office team will indicate your fees to you when booking your first appointment so that you know what the financial commitment is for that appointment.
During this first appointment your Medland dentist will provide a written treatment plan for future appointments once they have discussed with you your treatment options to reach your dental goals.
Your treatment plan will contain item numbers that will help identify the cost for individual treatments.
We would love to! Bring your health insurance card to the practice for your appointment and we can check with the health fund what your anticipated cover would be for future treatments.
There may be some limitations on the insurers end when they need to discuss cover in more detail your coverage where we may not be able to provide this service but for most treatments it is possible.
ZipMoney, ZipPay and Afterpay are all available to pay for your dental treatment.
They each have their own setup and T&C’s which you will need to complete directly with them.
Yes, we do have HICAPS onsite. This means that if you are covered by a health insurer and have your card with you, we are able to make the claim for you, reducing your out of pocket expenses on the day!
We offer a variety of payment methods.
We have HICAPS for your health insurance claims and the gap is able to be settled via cash, credit card, EFTPOS, ZipPay, ZipMoney and AfterPay.
Further information about payment options and plans can be found on our Payment Options page, along with the important T&Cs
If you have coverage under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme or DVA we are able to bill under these schemes as well.
Yes! We offer a 5% discount when 12 months of active maintenance (examinations, cleans, fluoride and x-rays) appointments are paid in full upfront and used within 12 months.
Further information about payment options and plans can be found on our Payment Options page, along with the important T&Cs.
While your financial investment in your teeth may seem like a lot, a focus on quality preventive care, exceptional clinician skill and the best quality products means that you may spend less on your teeth in the long run.
Dentistry can be expensive for a variety of reasons, including the high cost of purchasing the best quality dental materials, staff ratios in this industry are required to be higher than other industries as well as high running costs including expensive equipment and insurance costs.