Posted Thursday, January 14, 2020 11:53:18The ABC has found that Australia’s dental service providers are among the worst performers in the world for their performance in managing patients’ dental care, with the dental profession performing worse than its competitors in other countries, and earning less money per patient.
The report released by independent consumer group Dentare shows that the dentists in Australia are among only four countries with lower-than-average performance on a range of factors such as patient satisfaction, patient outcomes, patient satisfaction with their dental care and patient outcomes for dental care providers.
It also found that the average dental professional earned $18,000 less per patient in Australia in 2016-17, and that the dental service industry earned less than $4.5 million in profit per patient last year.
The findings were revealed by the independent consumer organisation as part of its annual report on Australia’s health care system.
“The dental profession performs the worst in the field of health care delivery,” the report’s executive director, Dr Peter McClelland, said.
“And yet the Australian public is being deprived of access to high quality dental care because of poor performance by the dental industry.”
Dentare is calling for the Government to overhaul the Australian Health System (AHS) to help improve patient outcomes and make dental care affordable and accessible.
“Dentists are among our biggest employers, yet their performance on all these measures is so poor that they can’t even compete with the top-performing health professions in other OECD countries,” Dr McCleelland said.
The dental service sector is the second-largest employer in Australia, behind only the health sector.
Dentacy is an international profession and has a long history in Australia.
Dr McCleilland said the report highlighted the need for greater change in the health system.
Dental health is one of the most important health services in Australia and it’s the highest performing service, he said.
“The public should have access to a dentist who is highly trained, skilled and experienced to help them maintain a healthy oral health.”
“We can’t just say we want to give them a dentist but also a nurse or a pharmacist,” Dr McClelland added.
Topics:health,government-and-politics,health-policy,health,dentistry,healthcare-facilities,australiaFirst posted January 14, 2021 19:59:16Contact Sophie Martin