Welcome to our August E-Newsletter! Here’s a few announcements that may be of interest to you…
So what’s in the coming election for your teeth? Some folks may have heard of the Medicare Chronic Diseases Scheme which was in place for several years up until its termination in November of last year. This scheme had allowed individuals with certain chronic medical conditions to access Dentistry including fillings, crowns and dentures through Medicare. For eligible patients this meant that you could go to the Dentist just like going to the Doctor and use your Medicare card to claim.
As a pre-condition of cancelling this program, it was agreed that the Labor government would substitute it for a more targeted Medicare funded dental scheme. This scheme applies only to Kids aged 2-17 and who are from Family Tax Benefit – A claimant families. This scheme is intended to start in January 2014 and is also intending to provide $1000 in Medicare funding to all eligible kids to be used for Checks, Cleans, X-rays and fillings on kids over a two year period.
If you are a Family Tax Benefit – A claimant keep your eyes peeled for this!!! Of course this is contingent upon a Labor re-election and the Liberals are yet to take a position on this issue. Click here to see more information about Medicare Dentistry for kids.
Importantly Dental on Metro maintains its Medicare bulk billing policy meaning no gap payment on Medicare schemes where they arise.
REFERALS WELCOME, GAP FREE OFFER CONTINUING
We are still welcoming new clients. Our popular Gap-Free first visit offer is being extended throughout 2013. Please let anyone you know, friends, family or workmates who have any dental-extras private health insurance (it doesn’t matter which one!) that we will provide their first check, clean, fluoride and x-rays with no out of pocket gap. This is a saving for many people of over $100. We are also a BUPA members network provider meaning that if you have BUPA health insurance you will get the discounted BUPA fee.
GENERAL DENTAL SCHEME FORMS
Have you received a blue ‘General Dental Scheme (GDS) Form’ from the South Australian Dental Service? Dental on Metro welcomes GDS clients without waiting times for treatment. If you have a GDS form or know anyone who has received one, please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment on 8260 1007.
DENTIST ON LEAVE!
Dr Bertossa is heading north for two weeks to escape this gloomy weather. Please note a temporary change to our open office hours. Our Dentist is taking 2 weeks of leave from 29 July 2013, returning to work on Monday August 12 2013. During this time our office is staffed from 9 AM until 5 PM daily. Any queries or appointment requirements can be addressed as usual by phoning 8260 1007 or attending our reception. Our staff have can still assist you with respect to emergency appointments and are able to refer you and any relevant records if required during this period.
Extra appointments are being made available in the weeks leading to and following this period.
Peter is sure to return with tales from Western Australia where he will be swimming with whale sharks and visiting the Bungle Bungles with his partner and 3 year old son.
We wish you all well, and have greatly enjoy being of continuing assistance to our valued regular clients.
Dr Peter Bertossa and the team at Dental on Metro.