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Unnecessary Dental Procedures Being Done for Bonuses

July 4, 2017
by Paddy Manning for Background Briefing

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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