The role of private health insurers has traditionally been to provide 3 rd party funding for dental treatment. In recent years many private health funds have promoted the use of their dental ‘preferred providers’. These are dentists that are contracted to the health fund and have agreed to provide services in line with the terms and conditions dictated by the fund. Special contractual relationships between a health fund and a dentist should be viewed with caution – often the health fund and their shareholders benefit, not the patient.
Our motivation is the comfort, welfare and long term health of our patients. We attract new patients and retain the loyalty of our existing patients by genuinely caring for them. We do not rely on health funds to divert patients to our practice with financial incentives and we believe patients should be free to choose their dentist and not be penalised for doing so. We choose to remain independent, so we can make decisions and recommendations based on the best interests of our patients. We will not allow health funds to interfere with this relationship and insist they remain third party funders.