Dental assistants were among the first to get a $100,000 discount on the first year of their dental plan, with some claiming it could save them thousands of dollars.
Dental assistant students at the University of Queensland have been given a $10,000 reduction on the price of their plan as part of a new dental insurance scheme that aims to help them cut their costs.
A spokesperson for the University’s dental insurance office said the new dental plan was developed in partnership with dentists, to provide better dental care for more people, with an overall savings of $50,000 per year.
“Our dental plan offers dental assistants a significant discount and an overall reduction in dental costs of up to 30 per cent over the first three years,” they said.
“Students are not eligible for the discounted plan if they are already covered by a dental plan from another provider or if they hold a current dental insurance plan.”
The plan has been in place since last year and offers a 10 per cent discount to students who are enrolled in a dental program from another dental school.
The University of Sydney said the dentists in the university’s dental program would not be eligible for dental plans from other dental schools as they have already signed up to the dental plan.
“The University’s dentists are also not eligible as they are members of the University dental program,” the university said.
The university is currently only offering the new dentists a discount on their dental coverage of up 30 per and 10 per per cent, respectively.
But the new plan does not include a “dental discount” which will give dental assistants more money.
The discount will be applied to dental services that have already been paid for and is not part of the discount for those services, the spokesperson said.
Students at the College of Dental Surgeons at the Australian National University are also eligible for a dentists discount, with the discount applied to all dental services they had paid for, including non-dental health services such as X-rays, CT scans and dental appliances.
“As with all dental plans, dental discounts are available to students for non-medical services, such as dental care,” the spokesperson added.
“If you have a dental service you are currently paying for but do not have the discount, the dental discount will still apply.”
Topics:health,dentistry,dental-health,university-of-qld,universities,health-policy,diseases-and-disorders,unions-and‑competitors,health,healthcare-facilities,education,schools,healthpolicy,health_administration,australiaFirst posted February 11, 2019 12:57:49Contact Sam NewmanMore stories from New South Wales