Is Mount Barker Dental Centre a health fund network provider?

Mount Barker Dental Centre accepts dental extras from all major health funds. We process the benefits from your health fund immediately and reduce your account accordingly. However, we are not a health fund network provider (sometimes called ‘preferred providers’ or ‘participating providers’).

Dentists who become providers for health fund networks, such as Bupa ‘Members First’, Medibank ‘Members Choice’ and HCF ‘More for Teeth’, enter into a contract where they offer services as dictated by the insurance company.

At Mount Barker Dental Centre we are committed to offering you the treatment that is best suited to you and your oral health. We believe that decisions relating to your treatment should be between your treating dentist and yourself, they should not include the interests of a third party (the insurance company) whose primary purpose is often to make a profit. Most members choose to contribute to a health fund to ensure some choice over their treatment provider. It is ironic that health fund network schemes undermine this choice with respect to your dental care!

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) does not support health fund network provider contracts. Further information from the ADA on this issue is available at: