Unnecessary Dental Procedures Being Done for Bonuses

Dentists working for corporate clinics and health insurers are being incentivised to churn through patients and administer so-called “drill and fill” dentistry, according to industry insiders.

And some dentists say the situation is leading to unnecessary dental work, or over-servicing.

Kyle Mervin, a dentist from the NSW Central Coast, told Background Briefing that five years ago, he did casual work for ASX-listed company Pacific Smiles, which owns 70 dental clinics in Australia’s eastern states.

“Permanent dentists had an ascending pay scale — the more you earnt the more you received in return,” Dr Mervin said.

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