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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin December 2011
28 DECEMBER 2011 1 July 2011 DENTAL FEES SURVEY dental fees survey The Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) conducts a national Dental Fees Survey of members on an annual basis. Information was sought on fees usually charged in private practices as at 1 July 2011. The following article presents a summary of results for general practitioners by state, capital city and rest of state; and for Australian specialists. dATA COLLECTIOn And AnALYSIS Of dATA • The survey was once again carried out for the Association by ACA Research (North Sydney). • Doan Tran of ACA Research worked with input from ADA provided by PD Barnard. • Members were sent a questionnaire requesting their usual fee charged for 70 items of service. • The items on the questionnaire were the same as the 70 items surveyed in 2010. • The items approved by ADA executive covered about 88% of services provided by dentists. • For the first time the survey was sent out online instead of postal mail. • The questionnaire was sent to a 100% sample of general practitioner and specialist members with email address and active in the private practice sector. • Online follow-up was made at two and four weeks to those emails which had not responded. • A third follow-up was not made due to a clash with another ADA online survey in August. • Confidentiality of respondent identity was maintained. • Of the 8,462 surveys sent, there were 4,219 returns for a 50% response. • Only a very small number of returns (120) were made through DeIDC. • The number of useable returns was 3,723 and this 44% response rate for 2011 was much less than in 2010 (59%) and previous years. • However, the final number of returns using the 100% sample was highest since 2002. • Response rate was higher for GPs (46%) than for specialists (32%). • Australian results were weighted to reflect proportionate state membership. • The sample size was adequate for general practitioner, state and location analyses. A SUMMARY fOR GEnERAL dEnTAL PRACTITIOnERS IS PRESEnTEd In TAbLE 1 • Members can compare their own fees for 70 selected items of service including hourly rate. • The Number in the sample for each item is that of responses providing the service for a $ Fee. Number excludes blanks and $0 Fees (excludes zeros). • The range of fees is that of the central 90% of member responses for each item. 5th percentile – 5% charge less than the minimum fee shown. 95th percentile – 5% charge above the maximum fee shown. • Mean $ fees for the central 90% responses (excluding zeros) are presented with standard deviations. The median fees are the same for the 100% sample or central 90% responses. • Mean fees for 2010 are also presented and per cent increase for the one year period to 1 July 2011 is given for the items of service. CHAnGES In GEnERAL PRACTITIOnER fEES fROM 2010 TO 2011 • Fee increases since 2010 were generally 1 to 4%, with an overall 1.9% increase. • Fee increases of 6% or more for individual items were: Hourly Rate ($/hour); 688 – Insertion of one stage endosseous implant – per implant; 763 – Repair broken base of complete denture; 776 – Impression – denture – repair/modification; 831 – Full arch banding – per arch; 926 – Individually made tray – medicament(s). • A decrease in Fee was shown for many individual items: 072 – Photographic records – intraoral; 121/111 – Topical application fluoride; 141 – Oral hygiene instruction; 411 – Direct pulp capping; 575 – Pin retention – per pin; 577 – Cusp capping – per cusp; 578 – Restoration incisal corner – per corner; 643 – Bridge pontic – indirect – per pontic; 743 – Relining – complete denture – processed. TAbLE 2 SHOWS THE WEIGHTEd PER CEnT fEE InCREASE fOR AdA CATEGORIES Of SERvICE • The weighted increase for the items included in 2010 and 2011 surveys was 1.9%. • This was less than the 2.9% increase to 1 July 2010 and 4.0% increase to 1 July 2009. • Annual weighted fee increases from 2006 to 2008 ranged from 5–6%. • In 2011 fee increase was greatest, at about 13%, for Orthodontics. • Fee increase was least for Preventive and Diagnostic items. • Continued decrease is not valid for Periodontics due to change in item definition.
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