|Fucking expensive dental treatment in Australia|
Thursday, 26 February 2015
The ripoff dentist
As ex-Singaporeans (but still Singapore citizens officially, I'm just nitpicking between citizenship and identity here), we have heard a ton about how expensive dental care is in Australia. The Singaporeans we knew who live or work in Oz would try to schedule their dentist visits whenever they went back to Sg to visit.
So we waited, and waited. After all, we've gone for extended periods between dentist visit while living in sg. We've been living here for 15 months now, without having visited a dentist. Until today.
A few days ago, I started developing a toothache at the back of the left of my upper jaw. Right where a wisdom tooth could be expected to emerge. Indeed, it was on its way out.
Being currently underemployed and having quite a bit of spare time, I decided to bite the bullet and face the exorbitant cost of visiting a dentist here. So I traipsed over to the medical centre not ten minutes walk from where we live to enquire, and made an appointment on the same day (today). Turns out that there was a "special" for dentist treatment, and being the perennial tight arse, I decided to go for it as my teeth were long overdue for "servicing" anyway.
The dentist was such a ripoff that two $15 "single X-Ray film"s and the dentist's tender mercies couldn't ascertain if I needed the offending wisdom tooth extracted.
So I had to go for an X-ray upstairs. It took about 15 minutes and I was presented with two copies of film and goodness knows how much my fellow Aussie taxpayers had to pay for my X-ray. Don't worry, A pays more than enough tax to cover it. At least there were no charges to me. At the rate I've been having X-rays here (this is my 3rd, the first two were to rule out fractures on two separate occasions), I'd be broke if I had to pay for them like in some other countries.
The ripoff dentist then examined the film and told me that I should get my two upper wisdom teeth removed. "The sooner, the better", she said. Of course she would. She must be on commission basis or something
I was quoted $120 for one, and $150 for the other. The nerve!
**Not a fair comparison, but I remember surgical extraction of my two lower wisdom teeth in sg cost me something like $2,400, most of which was claimed back from Medisave. But it was a highly-recommended surgeon, not some random ripoff neighbourhood dentist.