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Oral Surgery in Canberra?

By ricotta - 23 July 2012 34

I recently visited an oral surgeon in need of some extensive excavation work.  

It was agreed that the operation would involve hospitalisation and a quote for the work was provided. 

This, together with anaesthetist fee and hospital charges came to an amount  in the multi $Ks. 

Checking with Medibank revealed that they do not cover oral surgery items and this really puts the exercise beyond my means. 

I wonder if anyone can advise if there is an alternate way to obtain this service, perhaps by doctor’s referral?

What’s Your opinion?


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34 Responses to
Oral Surgery in Canberra?
rosscoact 8:21 pm 23 Jul 12

Hmm, I saved $1600 over my wife’s costs on the root canel

The full treatment including the crown circa $1200 in bangkok, circa $4300 in Australia and that’s each. No marginal cost savings there. That’s a free five star holiday

mezza76 said :

rosscoact said :

54-11 said :

Go to South-East Asia. There are many, many dental surgeries that cater to the health tourism market, in Thailand, Vietnam and other places.

The risk is very low – their standards are as good as you can expect here. Just get some references first.

The cost is a fraction of what it is here and you get a holiday thrown in. I did it and came out way, way ahead financially and no problems whatsoever.

Agreed. I go to a dentist regularly in Thailand. Better equipped, better trained, no waiting lists, a 25% of the cost.

I recently had a root canal done in Thailand and coincidently within a few weeks of arriving back home so did my wife.

Mine cost about $380 and was all good (damn painfull but still competently done). My wife’s cost $1700 in Canberra, wasn’t done properly and so got infected and cost another $700 to get fixed.

Needless to say that we both got the crowns done back in Bangkok.

I assume you are pricing in the $900-$1300 airfare + subsequent accommodation into your calculations? The cost-benefit looks shaky for anything small but might pay off on something like wisdom tooth extraction.

dungfungus 6:03 pm 23 Jul 12

davo101 said :

dungfungus said :

Catch a boat from Indonesia to Christmas Island and it will be done for free.

Given that it cost $2000~$10000 for the boat trip it might be cheaper and safer (the current death rate is supposed to be running at about 4%) to just pay for it to be done here.

You are probably right. Only genuine refugees with the arse out of their pants can afford the travel costs you are quoting.

mezza76 5:13 pm 23 Jul 12

rosscoact said :

54-11 said :

Go to South-East Asia. There are many, many dental surgeries that cater to the health tourism market, in Thailand, Vietnam and other places.

The risk is very low – their standards are as good as you can expect here. Just get some references first.

The cost is a fraction of what it is here and you get a holiday thrown in. I did it and came out way, way ahead financially and no problems whatsoever.

Agreed. I go to a dentist regularly in Thailand. Better equipped, better trained, no waiting lists, a 25% of the cost.

I recently had a root canal done in Thailand and coincidently within a few weeks of arriving back home so did my wife.

Mine cost about $380 and was all good (damn painfull but still competently done). My wife’s cost $1700 in Canberra, wasn’t done properly and so got infected and cost another $700 to get fixed.

Needless to say that we both got the crowns done back in Bangkok.

I assume you are pricing in the $900-$1300 airfare + subsequent accommodation into your calculations? The cost-benefit looks shaky for anything small but might pay off on something like wisdom tooth extraction.

dungfungus 4:29 pm 23 Jul 12

Ate said :

Mr Ate recently had his wisdom teeth and 1 molar removed at the surgery in Braddon, they weren fantastic. The cost was extremely painful – over $3700. Unfortunately you do only get part of the anaesthetist fee back by medicare – around $150. You can however claim the rest on tax if its over $2200. Not much help, dental work is expensive. Th

You can claim a rebate agist tax already paid. If one is unemployed the rebate = zilch.

shirty_bear 4:08 pm 23 Jul 12

54-11 said :

Go to South-East Asia. There are many, many dental surgeries that cater to the health tourism market, in Thailand, Vietnam and other places.

Seems to be the go for boob jobs and stem cells, so why not teeth?

The fact that health insurance wrt dental is a complete debacle in this country is the reason I refuse to buy health insurance. Except ambulance cover – the one aspect of health insurance that isn’t utterly broken.

Buckaroo_Banzai 3:46 pm 23 Jul 12

I went with Carmello Bonnano after reading good things about him on a previous similar post to this on here. I can confirm he was pretty damn good, and a lot cheaper than the other quote I had. I got two wisdom and two molars removed. worth going in and talking to him at least.

KDog 2:05 pm 23 Jul 12

You are 100% crazy or stupid if you have dental work (that isn’t an emergency) done in this country.

Thailand has many private hospitals which cater for patrons from around the globe. Equipment and skills of the staff are far superior to anything which you will find here. Plus they are friendly, run on time and will go out of their way to help you with things.
I had a wisdom tooth taken out this year on my birthday, plus having the impacted tooth repaired. Multiple x-rays, sutures etc. Because of their superior skills you will have less pain and recover quicker, they aren’t butchers like the local dentists I have sampled here.

Ate 12:14 pm 23 Jul 12

Mr Ate recently had his wisdom teeth and 1 molar removed at the surgery in Braddon, they weren fantastic. The cost was extremely painful – over $3700. Unfortunately you do only get part of the anaesthetist fee back by medicare – around $150. You can however claim the rest on tax if its over $2200. Not much help, dental work is expensive. Th

rosscoact 12:12 pm 23 Jul 12

54-11 said :

Go to South-East Asia. There are many, many dental surgeries that cater to the health tourism market, in Thailand, Vietnam and other places.

The risk is very low – their standards are as good as you can expect here. Just get some references first.

The cost is a fraction of what it is here and you get a holiday thrown in. I did it and came out way, way ahead financially and no problems whatsoever.

Agreed. I go to a dentist regularly in Thailand. Better equipped, better trained, no waiting lists, a 25% of the cost.

I recently had a root canal done in Thailand and coincidently within a few weeks of arriving back home so did my wife.

Mine cost about $380 and was all good (damn painfull but still competently done). My wife’s cost $1700 in Canberra, wasn’t done properly and so got infected and cost another $700 to get fixed.

Needless to say that we both got the crowns done back in Bangkok.

54-11 11:35 am 23 Jul 12

Go to South-East Asia. There are many, many dental surgeries that cater to the health tourism market, in Thailand, Vietnam and other places.

The risk is very low – their standards are as good as you can expect here. Just get some references first.

The cost is a fraction of what it is here and you get a holiday thrown in. I did it and came out way, way ahead financially and no problems whatsoever.

misspris 11:27 am 23 Jul 12

If you could avoid hospitalisation for the anaesthesia and it was a procedure that was able to be done in the dentist’s chair you could contact Carmelo Bonanno in Woden. I had a couple of teeth removed this way and it was much cheaper than going to hospital for the procedure. Not sure whether that helps or not. His number is 6282 7633.

davo101 11:04 am 23 Jul 12

dungfungus said :

Catch a boat from Indonesia to Christmas Island and it will be done for free.

Given that it cost $2000~$10000 for the boat trip it might be cheaper and safer (the current death rate is supposed to be running at about 4%) to just pay for it to be done here.

dungfungus 10:46 am 23 Jul 12

Catch a boat from Indonsia to Christmas Island and it will be done for free.

beejay76 10:34 am 23 Jul 12

Ugh. I have no helpful suggestions, but I share your pain. When I was young, I had some horror impacted wisdom teeth that needed the services of a maxillofacial surgeon to extract. I (naively) thought my private healthcare would cover it. I even rang and asked them and was assured it would, although having not undergone the surgery yet, I didn’t have the item numbers. They didn’t cover it. “Oh, no, sorry. Those *particular* item numbers aren’t covered.” Grrrrrr.

Flossie 10:14 am 23 Jul 12

If you have a health care card, the public system will do it, but you might need to wait two to three years ( or more)
If you have a chronic disease like arthritis, mental illness, diabetes you might be eligible for the chronic disease dental scheme which pays for $4,250 in out of hospital dental items (if you can swap your admission to an in-chair procedure, you could access this.
But, you need to meet the eligibility criteria, you need to find a dentist who participates in the scheme and you need to know that the fed gov is determined to close the scheme ASAP. More info here: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Dental+Care+Services

Good luck

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