Price-Shaming Among Dental Patients Defeated

How many times have you made a new purchase that you were satisfied with, not only something that you had wanted for good and justifiable reasons but also, because it just gave you pleasure to be the proud owner of that item? Let’s say, a new mobile phone, just as an example. Then someone, maybe a friend or loved one, maybe a stranger goes out of their way to admire it, swelling your pride a little that someone has recognised your discerning and sophisticated tastes. Then they have the nerve to say, “If you don’t mind me asking, how much did you pay for that?” It sounds like they are considering making the same purchase and are inquiring about the price out of curiosity as if they want to determine its affordability. Then when you tell them the approximate price, they look aghast that anyone could have paid that much! “Oh really?” they say. “I recently bought one for my nephew and I only paid (x amount) for it.”

Price-shamed!

Your feelings of pride now deflated to embarrassment and humiliation, you politely reply, “Oh my goodness, what a great deal you got. Where on Earth did you find such a bargain?” They proceed to tell you that it was just on the other side of town, in a well-known shop that “everyone” knows about … and wonder how on earth you didn’t know about it. We all know, it is not uncommon for prices to vary greatly within the same market area. Nobody has enough time in the day to stay on top of all of them. Keeping track of advertised prices, sales, and special offers takes a lot of energy. But not keeping track can cost a lot of money if you overpay when you don’t need to. This holds true in the field of dental services, also. That is why you should let DentalBid search for qualified, reputable dentists in your area to offer bids on providing the dental work that you need. You don’t have time to call every dentist office in town to find the best bargain. With DentalBid, you post your dental needs on our easy to use website and let dentists bid on doing the work. With DentalBid, you have the ability to contact prospective providers and talk to them directly about their services, philosophies, and policies. Every dentist that responds to you on DentalBid has agreed to provide you with a FREE 15-minute examination. This allows you to see their facilities, meet their staff, observe their demeanor, and ask any questions that you have. You can see them first hand prior to making any obligations to them. So the next time someone asks you how much you paid for that new crown or implant, don’t risk being price-shamed, even if someone paid a lower price. With DentalBid, you are given the greatest advantages with the lowest risk when shopping for dental care. Let DentalBid help you find the most affordable, safest, most convenient dental providers available. To get started, just follow the steps below and see how much you can save on your dental needs:

  1. Go to the DentalBid website if you’re not already there
  2. Scroll to the menu at the top of the page
  3. Click on “How it works” or “Home”
  4. Click on “Get Quotes Now”, and follow the easy to understand instructions.
Start saving on your dental care now with DentalBid!

Dental Bills Killing the Australian Dream

Are you living the Australian dream?

Almost? Half-way there?

What happens to that dream when your hard work, the savings, and the planning and sacrificing that you’ve done come face to face with a broken tooth, a unavoidable root canal, tooth replacement, or orthodontic therapy that can’t be put off any longer?

An expensive, unexpected dental bill can set you back months or even years in your planning. Not only is it a big headache to deal with, it can have real consequences in the quality of your family’s life now and in the future.

In recent years, dental tourism has developed as a result of soaring dental prices in Australia. To be fair, the high prices in Australia are justifiable to a high degree.

Higher fees for dental work in Australia are, to a large extent, due to:

  • Australia’s strict standards for medical professionals
  • High levels of education and training required to be licensed
  • High quality of service and workmanship available in Australia

That is all well and good except for the fact: if you can’t afford to pay for the dental work you need, all of those high standards and benefits don’t do you or your family any good at all.

This fact causes some to take substantial risks and gamble with their oral health by seeking dental work overseas.

What can you do if you are facing financially crippling fees for necessary dental work and you don’t want to risk your oral health (or that of a family member) by gambling with an overseas provider?

DENTALBID!

DentalBid is an effective, online tool to significantly lower costs on dental work.

This is a way for you to locate a dentist in a desired area, communicate what dental work you want to have performed, and allow dentists to bid on the work.

Advantages to you, the dental customer:
  • Save time and expense searching for available dental practices
  • Research the dental practices before you talk to them
  • Gather a variety of estimates from multiple practices
  • Entitled to a FREE 15 minute consultation in person, without obligation
  • Ability to negotiate fees before choosing a provider
  • SAVES YOU MONEY!
What do the dentists get out of this deal?
  • Contact with potential new patients
  • Potential to grow their practices
  • Potential contact with everyone that you know
  • Potential future business for years from you and your contacts
  • Motivation to please you and retain your patronage

Let DentalBid help you reach your version of the Australian dream by saving you money on dental and orthodontic work.

It’s easy to get discouraged and lose hope when it comes to the high costs of medical and dental care in Australia these days.

Let us help you to help yourself with this invaluable online tool that is easy to use and may save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. At the same time, making Australia’s high quality dental services financially accessible to you.

Follow the steps below and see how much you can save on your dental needs:

  1. Go to br17001.com
  2. Scroll to the menu at the top of the page
  3. Click on “How it works” or “Home”
  4. Click on “Get Quotes Now”, and follow the simple instructions.

DentalBid helps you care for your teeth at competitive prices, and form positive relationships with highly qualified dentists in your area.

Australians sacrificing teeth due to high dental fees

According to the AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) in 2013:

  • One-third of Australians were putting off dental appointments due to prohibitively high costs.
  • Twenty percent of those who did visit a dentist opted to not have the recommended treatment because it was too expensive.
  • The number of people on the waiting list for public dental care was about 650,000 and many had been waiting for as long as two years.
  • Forty-four percent of uninsured Australians were avoiding seeing a dentist altogether.

These statistics from the AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) paint a discouraging picture of dental health services at that time.

Since then, the Australian economy has had some ups and downs, but has remained basically stagnant. Chances are, the above statistics are still pretty accurate, and the economic situation of many Australians is probably even more bleak than two or three years ago.

What’s the problem with going to the dentist?

For a large segment of Australian society, dental care is too expensive. Virtually everyone would agree that dental care is not cheap and often times not affordable.

Part of the problem with high dental industry prices is inherent to the very nature of the practice. Dentistry is intrinsically technology-based and requires a highly trained, skilled labour force. The initial set-up costs to start a practice are very high.

Overhead costs for an established dental practice include:

  • administrative staff
  • nursing staff
  • rent
  • licensing
  • insurance
  • materials

That list does not include compensating the dentist(s) for their education, training, experience, talents, skills, and time.

Preventive dental care, which includes conscientious homecare and regular dental checkups and cleanings, is the best protection against the exorbitant dental fees. The expensive dental treatments occur when treating more severe dental problems, such as tooth loss and replacement.

If you can delay, or possibly avoid, the need for crowns or dental implants altogether, you will save thousands of dollars on your lifetime dental costs. Multiply that by the number of people in your family or dependent on you for their health care, the savings can be extraordinary.

When you think in terms of life-time expenses, then even small savings and discounts can add up to significant savings.

However, if the costs of preventive dental visits are still prohibitive, as they seem to be to many Australians, what are the practical options available to those in that fit into that category?

DentalBid can help, no matter what kind of dental work you need. Let’s say that you are looking for a basic dental examination and cleaning. Simply, input that information into our website, following the easy instructions.

Then wait to see which dentists will bid on your treatment and what kind of discounts they are willing to offer to get your business. Chances are, you will find a dentist in your area that is willing to do the work for less than the standard industry price, in order to have the opportunity to have you become a long-term, loyal customer.

As a DentalBid user, you are entitled to a free 15 minutes consultation from every dentist that bids on your treatment. You can entertain as many bids as you like without any obligation. You can visit dentists based on any criteria you choose: location, size, or your initial telephone interaction.

Follow the steps below and see how much you can save on your dental needs:

  1. Scroll to the menu at the top of the page
  2. Click on “How it works” or “Home”
  3. Click on “Get Quotes Now”, and follow the simple instructions.

DentalBid helps you care for your teeth, find a good price, and start a relationship with a highly qualified dentist in your area.

Children’s Dental Care Squeezing Parental Budgets

Children are little packages of love and joy that also cost a lot of money to raise and care for. Of course, we all love them, but we also know that they always need something, either necessary or new. Dental health is one of the important, necessary expenses that parents have to deal with in the course of raising a child.

Over the past 15 years, the cost of health care in Australia has steadily increased. According to the AIHW (the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare), the number of people that have delayed dental treatment or put it off altogether, for economic reasons has risen steadily for over a decade.

Many parents prioritise their children’s dental care at the expense of their own oral health due to rising dental costs.

Healthcare, and specifically dental care costs have increased in recent decades for several reasons.

  • Healthcare has improved, but for a price. The costs of technological development, pharmaceutics, research, and advanced equipment have risen and with them, the costs of health services as well. As an integral part of health care, the expenses for dental care have ridden the same rising tide as the healthcare industry.
  • Demand has increased. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the population of Australia has been growing steadily at one to two percent for over the last 15 years. With increased population comes increased demand. With increased demand, comes increased rates.
  • Expectations and status associated with attractiveness have skyrocketed. Maintaining good oral health with the help of a good dentist is not the only burden that parents carry for their children. There is also the weight of

Very few people are born with perfect teeth, and the pressure on parents to provide orthodontic treatment for their children has increased. Physical appearance has always been a strong pressure point in the adolescent years.

Entertainment and social media has only increased the pressure to look perfect. When was the last time you saw a less-than-perfect celebrity? Probably not since the 70’s, if you can remember that far back.

New techniques in orthodontics allow patients to receive treatment with less pain and less cosmetic disruption. However, the newer methods are more expensive. This is yet a further burden on parents.

Almost everything in the health care industry, and especially oral health, seems to be costing more and more. What is a parent to do?

We are all facing rising dentist and orthodontic fees, and greater expectations of ourselves and the professionals that we employ.

What can one do to manage runaway costs and out-of-control spending?

DentalBid can provide relief.

Through our FREE service, you can put your dental situation out into the pool of participating dentists and orthodontists.

Participating dental professionals will send you bids, based on the description of the work that you supplied. You can compare rates, services, and locations to narrow down your choice of money saving candidates.

You can even go visit them without any obligation to see who has the best attitude, personality, efficient office staff, and accessibility for your particular needs and tastes.

You are entitled to a free 15 minutes consultation from every dentist that bids on your treatment. You can check out as many bids as you like in person, without any obligation.

Follow the steps below and see how much you can save on your dental needs:

  1. Scroll to the menu at the top of the page
  2. Click on “How it works” or “Home”
  3. Click on “Get Quotes Now”, and follow the simple instructions.

With DentalBid, you can take care of your teeth, at below competitive rates, and start a relationship with a highly qualified dentist in your area.

How to Find a Good Dentist in Australia

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For whatever reason, you don’t know a good dentist.

How do you find a good one?

Tips For Finding a Good Dentist

    1. Ask your friends. Word of mouth is one of best ways you can find a dentist. A friend can give you insight into their dentist’s skills, specialties, how they run their business, and tip you off to any problems that they have had. One of the greatest advantages of getting a referral from a friend is that you can ask specific questions of importance to you that you might not expect to get answered well from a source that is unfamiliar with you.
    2. Check their credentials. If you find a dentist that you are interested in, check to make sure that they are professionally trained and licensed to practise dentistry.
    3. Two places to look online for your dentist are:

      Dental Board of Australia (http://www.dentalboard.gov.au)

      If the dentist in question is not listed there, then they are not a real dentist and you should definitely not use them.

      Australian Dental Association (http://www.ada.org.au/Find-a-Dentist).

      When you talk to them on the phone or visit their office you should ask about their training and education.

      In Australia, a general dentist will have a BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) after four years of study from one of the Universities in Australia. After more post-graduate training, they will receive a DClinDent (Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry), previously referred to as a MDS or MDSc (Master of Dental Surgery/Science).

    4. Talk to them in person. No research you do can substitute for visiting the dentist at their office and talking to them face to face. In person you will be able to gain valuable information that is impossible to gather over the phone or online.

    Intangible things are crucial in your decision to place your trust in a particular dentist.

    For example, in person you can see how well they maintain their office, the demeanor of the dentist and the staff, the professionalism practised with other patients, and similar things.

    This is where DentalBid is very useful.

    Use DentalBid to find dentists in your area that are willing to offer you a competitive fee in exchange for the chance to showcase their practise. After you describe your needs on DentalBid, you will receive offers from dentists in your area. At that point, you can do your online research, talk to your friends, and decide which of those dentists might be your best option.

    Contact the ones you want to visit by phone and make an appointment to visit in person.

    As a DentalBid user, you are entitled to a free 15 minutes consultation from every dentist that bids on your treatment, and you can entertain as many bids as you like without any obligation.

    Follow the steps below and see how much you can save on your dental needs:

        1. Scroll to the menu at the top of the page
        2. Click on “How it works” or “Home”
        3. Click on “Get Quotes Now”, and follow the simple instructions.

    DentalBid helps you care for your teeth, find a good price, and start a relationship with a highly qualified dentist in your area.

3 Dangers of Medical Tourism

[dt_fancy_image type=”” lightbox=”0″ align=”right” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”-25px” margin_right=”0″ margin_left=”20″ width=”300″ height=”” animation=”none” media=”” image_alt=”3 Dangers of Medical Tourism” hd_image=”” image=”http://www.br17001.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/3-Dangers-of-Medical-Tourism-300×200.jpg”][/dt_fancy_image]THE ALLURE of dental treatments overseas at prices that seem too good to be true is a strong temptation. But remember:

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Here are three of the serious drawbacks that every person considering overseas treatment should consider.

  1. POST-PROCEDURE COMPLICATIONS:
  2. We all like to think positive and trust that our dental procedures will be completed quickly, painlessly, and permanently. In reality, this is often not the case, especially in procedures that require more than simple, surface treatments of the tooth’s crown.

    The best way of avoiding unforeseen, post-procedure complications, is to have the work done by a highly skilled, experienced professional under optimum conditions in the first place.

    However, if you have the misfortune to experiencing post-procedural complications or you are simply not satisfied with the results of your treatment, you may require a follow up visit, or multiple visits, to deal with the problem or even have the work redone.

    In the case of an unexpected infection, you may not have the luxury of time for a follow up treatment. Often there is no choice but to find a local dentist to properly deal with the consequences of poor overseas dental work, and your insurance may be averse to paying for it.

    The option of returning to the overseas provider for follow up care is often impractical and uneconomical, usually nullifying the monetary savings, which, in most cases, was the principle reason for seeking care overseas.

  3. HIDDEN HEALTH RISKS:
  4. For many procedures, there are fixed rates that dictate much of the costs of treatment. In dentistry, some of these are the costs of materials, such as implants, crowns, drills, and dental equipment necessary for every dentist to do their job.

    One way that costs can be reduced, is by taking shortcuts. This can lead to serious health risks. If these shortcuts, often unthinkable in wealthy developed countries, are used by less than meticulous practitioners overseas, you could be gambling with your health.

    Australia’s Department of Heath actively ensures that all X-ray equipment used by dental professionals in Australia is licensed and maintained. The X-ray units are calibrated in order to reduce the amount of radiation dosage a patient receives. Also, this ensures that the equipment is not leaking radiation.

    Moreover, the Department of Health requires that all surgery walls are lead-lined in order to prevent the spread of radiation. One popular clinic in Thailand takes up to 30 CT scan each day in a small room next to a surgery with no lead lining in the wall dividing the two rooms. Spending two hours in that dental chair can involve 6 to 7 CT scans, which emits a radiation level that is equivalent to over 250 chest x-rays.

    An unsuspecting patient, lured by low-cost treatment, might have no idea that they are exposed to radiation, which can be as high as 250 x-rays, and wouldn’t even know to ask about it.

    The reuse of hypodermic needles can also be problem in overseas dental clinics, where standard operating procedures may not be up to par with practices in domestic dental facilities.

  5. LACK OF LEGAL RECOURSE:

When you suffer malpractice or substandard dental treatment in the domestic market, there are established laws and industry standards, and a strong legal system to fall back on regarding compensation for any pain and suffering you experienced.

The industry standards and legal systems overseas may not be as strict regarding medical liability. Even if the laws are well written, they may not be enforced stringently.

Dealing with medical and legal entities overseas includes navigating a foreign language, added requirements for foreigners (such as required local legal representation), and possibly a slow bureaucratic system. Corruption can also be an unmanageable problem in attaining your desired outcomes.

DON’T TAKE UNNECESSARY RISKS

Why open yourself to hidden risks overseas when you can easily shop around for the most highly qualified dental professionals in Australia and receive private, competitive bids for your specific dental needs by using DentalBid’s simple and convenient online system.

You will be entitled to a free 15 minutes consultation from every dentist that bids on your treatment, and you can entertain as many bids as you like without any obligation.

Follow the steps below and see how much you can save on your dental needs:

  1. Scroll to the menu at the top of the page
  2. Click on “How it works” or “Home”
  3. Click on “Get Quotes Now”, and follow the easy to understand instructions.

Start saving on your dental care now with DentalBid!