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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin February 2011
14 FEBRUARY 2011 CORRECTION Schedule and Third Party Committee Vice Chairman Please be advised that an error appeared in the December 2010 News Bulletin, page 14 -- Federal Council election results -- the Vice Chairman of the Schedule and Third Party Committee is Dr Gregory Morris. Our apologies for any inconvenience this has caused. latest news AGE AND THE COSTS OF DENTAL CARE The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released a new report, Age and Costs of Dental Care. This report examines the costs of dental care in the adult (over 18) population. Data has been taken from both the National Dental Telephone Interview Survey 2004-06 (NDTIS) and the Longitudinal Study of Dentists' Practice Activity 2003-04 (LSDPA). Some 14,123 participated in the NDTIS while 962 dentists responded to the LSDPA. COST PER VISIT Costs of dental care can vary throughout the lifespan. The cost of each service was estimated using the average fee for each service for the year 2005, identified by ADA Item Numbers. Cost per visit increases with age but then declines in the oldest age group. The mean cost per visit ranged from $212 in the youngest age group (18--34 years) to $366 in the 65--74 years age group. The reason given for this is the number of visits per year goes down in the eldest age category. Other factors that contribute to the frequency of visits include: age; dentate status and number of remaining teeth. COST ANNUALLY Mean annual expenditure on dental care increased steadily from $255 in the 18--34 years age group to $562 in the 65--74 years age group. However, it then decreased to $384 in the 75+ year age group. EDENTULISM As expected, edentulism increases with age. However, the number of teeth is not associated with the number of visits in the older age groups. The mean number of teeth in the group aged 18--34 years is 29.4 declining to 17.7 in the group aged 75 years and older. NUMBER OF DENTAL VISITS The distribution of mean number of visits is an inverted U-shape, with those in both the oldest and youngest age groups making fewer visits than those in the middle age groups. There were no consistent, statistically significant differences in number of visits by number of teeth within age groups. The full report can be found at: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/ index.cfm/title/11916 CHRONIC DISEASE PATIENT REFERRALS FOR MEDICARE MEMBERS WANTING TO CHECK ON THEIR DENTAL BOARD REGISTRATION STATUS Under the Medicare chronic disease dental scheme (CDDS) a patient is eligible for up to $4,250 in Medicare benefits over two consecutive calendar years. Where further dental services are required to treat a new or existing oral health problem at the end of the patient's two calendar- year period, the patient will need to obtain a new referral from their medical GP. This is to enable the medical GP to assess whether or not the patient continues to meet the eligibility requirements for the CDDS, i.e., that the patient still has a chronic condition that requires management through a medical GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangements, and that their oral health is impacting on, or likely to impact on, the patient's general health. If the patient is referred for a second two calendar year period, they will be eligible for up to a further $4,250 in Medicare benefits. You can now check the status of your registration if you have a renewal due on 31 December 2010. The Dental Board of Australia has advised that for those practitioners wanting to check their Registration status they should visit: http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Renewal-Received- Confirmation.aspx This site is for use by registrants with a renewal due on 31 December 2010. This search enables those with an application for renewal which was due on 31 December 2010 to check that their application for renewal has been received. The information is updated daily at 9am. Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer
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