Breaking free from medical aid rates: empowering dentists to provide highquality dental services in South Africa
Dental care is vital to overall health and wellness. There is a myriad of challenges that health practitioners face when dealing with medical schemes/third-party funders. To address some of these challenges, some South African dentists accept medical aid rates for their services, to make their lives, and those of their patients’ lives somewhat easier. In this piece, however, we argue that dentists in
South Africa should set their own fees rather than rely on medical aid rates. Initially, the price of dental care varies widely based on the
necessary treatment. While calculating their rates, dental practices must account for rent, salaries, equipment, supplies, and other administrative expenses. Accepting medical scheme rates may not correctly reflect the actual cost of providing dental services, resulting in dentists getting less compensation than is necessary to maintain a sustainable practice.
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