Oral Surgery in Canberra?

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?


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Ex Warrior Ex Warrior 1:05 pm 02 Aug 12

Thanks to the above for mentioning a few places. Ive email xrays and am waiting to hear back. Geez its 20% of the price here in Canberra

MsCheeky MsCheeky 11:33 am 02 Aug 12

I go here in Phuket, and I’m very very happy with the standard of work. I’m pretty sure they have a branch in Bangkok as well.

http://www.thaidentalcenter.com/

Mav Mav 11:17 am 02 Aug 12

rosscoact said :

DC-One – we go to Silom branch and generally stay at the Crowne Plaza

http://www.dc-one.com/?content=dc-one-bangkok

I don’t have any experience with the Phuket one.

Thanks for that info, I will seriously look at this if the airfares are cheap. It may mean that I take my daughter there to get her surgery done.

rosscoact rosscoact 10:44 am 02 Aug 12

DC-One – we go to Silom branch and generally stay at the Crowne Plaza

http://www.dc-one.com/?content=dc-one-bangkok

I don’t have any experience with the Phuket one

Ex Warrior 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.

Have you any contact detials for quality dentists in Thailand/Bangkok.

Mav Mav 8:53 am 02 Aug 12

soon = son

Mav Mav 8:51 am 02 Aug 12

Well earlier in this thread I wrote about my daughter needing orthodontic surgery. We have had to put it off 3 times so far and now it looks like we are going to have to put it off until after February next year as we just cannot afford to have it done at the moment.

Child care costs are so extravagant in Canberra that there is little to no money left in the kitty each month for anything else. Once February comes our soon will be in school and the childcare dragoon will be off our backs.

I just hope that my daughter can last till then but unfortunately there is no other choice for us.

Ex Warrior Ex Warrior 7:21 am 02 Aug 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.

Have you any contact detials for quality dentists in Thailand/Bangkok.

Sandman Sandman 10:46 pm 26 Jul 12

Proboscus said :

I received some great oral in Fyshwick recently and….oh, nevermind.

Would have been cheaper in Thailand.

dungfungus dungfungus 10:27 am 25 Jul 12

54-11 said :

dungfungus said :

54-11 said :

What I like with the Asian choice is that sooner or later is it will put some price pressure on the exhorbitant fees that are charged here.

I just cannot understand how they can charge so much. I understand about the amount of training they do, the cost of equipment and insurance and so on, but that explains only part of it.

I guess the Audi, kids’ private schools, the ski trips in Europe, et al all take their toll on the poor dentists income.

A dentist who works for wages gets less than an EL2. The dentist is also more skilled than most EL2s I know and also has to pay about $40K HELP while at uni.
A dentist who runs his own practice, employs people and takes risk may earn a lot more but that is what risk is all about.
Instead of induldging in class envy, why don’t you try a business venture yourself then you can maybe get an Audi etc.

Wow, what happened to you yesterday, df? I thought you were one of the good guys.

I am one of “the greater good” guys.

54-11 54-11 9:23 am 25 Jul 12

dungfungus said :

54-11 said :

What I like with the Asian choice is that sooner or later is it will put some price pressure on the exhorbitant fees that are charged here.

I just cannot understand how they can charge so much. I understand about the amount of training they do, the cost of equipment and insurance and so on, but that explains only part of it.

I guess the Audi, kids’ private schools, the ski trips in Europe, et al all take their toll on the poor dentists income.

A dentist who works for wages gets less than an EL2. The dentist is also more skilled than most EL2s I know and also has to pay about $40K HELP while at uni.
A dentist who runs his own practice, employs people and takes risk may earn a lot more but that is what risk is all about.
Instead of induldging in class envy, why don’t you try a business venture yourself then you can maybe get an Audi etc.

Wow, what happened to you yesterday, df? I thought you were one of the good guys.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 2:04 pm 24 Jul 12

jayskette said :

have a look at the GE Credit card which when used at participating health care providers you will be able to pay the sum over 12 or 24 or 36 months interest free, or a buy now pay later scheme is available too.

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jayskette jayskette 1:40 pm 24 Jul 12

have a look at the GE Credit card which when used at participating health care providers you will be able to pay the sum over 12 or 24 or 36 months interest free, or a buy now pay later scheme is available too.

dungfungus dungfungus 11:46 am 24 Jul 12

54-11 said :

What I like with the Asian choice is that sooner or later is it will put some price pressure on the exhorbitant fees that are charged here.

I just cannot understand how they can charge so much. I understand about the amount of training they do, the cost of equipment and insurance and so on, but that explains only part of it.

I guess the Audi, kids’ private schools, the ski trips in Europe, et al all take their toll on the poor dentists income.

A dentist who works for wages gets less than an EL2. The dentist is also more skilled than most EL2s I know and also has to pay about $40K HELP while at uni.
A dentist who runs his own practice, employs people and takes risk may earn a lot more but that is what risk is all about.
Instead of induldging in class envy, why don’t you try a business venture yourself then you can maybe get an Audi etc.

54-11 54-11 11:12 am 24 Jul 12

What I like with the Asian choice is that sooner or later is it will put some price pressure on the exhorbitant fees that are charged here.

I just cannot understand how they can charge so much. I understand about the amount of training they do, the cost of equipment and insurance and so on, but that explains only part of it.

I guess the Audi, kids’ private schools, the ski trips in Europe, et al all take their toll on the poor dentists income.

MsCheeky MsCheeky 10:41 am 24 Jul 12

I also go to Thailand for dental work. No fluoride where I grew up, so my work is never minor. The standard of work is excellent. The cost is competitive even with air fares and accommodation costs. No contest. I next fly out on 1 September as I’m in need of a couple of crowns and bridges, and I think a repair to some work I just had done in Canberra.

dungfungus dungfungus 9:20 am 24 Jul 12

A dim-wit mate of mine decided to try out the reduced price dental services in Thailand but when he got off the plane he got drunk and confused.
He ended up having a root and then fell in a canal so he reckons he had a “root canal” treatment and it was OK.

Mav Mav 7:05 am 24 Jul 12

I too can share this pain in the pocket. My daughter has to go in for day surgery on two of her upper molars next month. We have had to postpone this surgery twice due to lack of funds, the Anesthesiologists wants his fee paid in full a week before the surgery, the Orthodontic surgeon wants 40% paid a week before as well and the rest on completion. All up over $2k and guess how much our private health care insurance with dental extras gives us in refunds? A whopping $20.00 thanks for nothing BUPA.

Proboscus Proboscus 4:59 am 24 Jul 12

I received some great oral in Fyshwick recently and….oh, nevermind.

rosscoact rosscoact 8:23 pm 23 Jul 12

Oh, and when we went, airfares were $620 return on Malaysian Air

rosscoact 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.

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