Beach Road Dental Care is no longer a ‘Member Plus Dental Provider’, previously called a ‘Preferred Provider’ for HBF. In January 2019 HBF cancelled their ‘Member Plus Dental Provider’ scheme. HBF now states that all patients will receive the same rebate for a treatment item no matter which dentist they visit. The total fee paid by a patient for each item of treatment is therefore a combination of the dentist’s fee for each item of service (variable from dentist to dentist) and the rebate from HBF, which will be consistent whichever dentist is visited. HBF rebates are determined by a patient’s level of cover with HBF and are not controlled by the dentist. HBF does offer minimal subsidies for some preventative procedures but Beach Road Dental Care felt that these were not significant enough to warrant joining the new scheme. We would like to reassure all our patients that we will continue to offer great value dentistry at a fair and reasonable price, but also maintain the exceptional quality we have always strived to provide.
Beach Road Dental Care is still registered with the HCF ‘ More For Teeth’ program. This scheme allows HCF members a number of services with no gap charged, ie at no cost to the member. These are limited to the level of cover and/or available entitlements. Included are examinations, intra and some extra oral radiographs, cleans, fluoride applications and mouthguards. All other treatments are provided at the Practice standard fee rate.
Our reception team will be able to use a patient’s health fund card to provide a HICAPS quote so the level of cover can be checked prior to treatment.