Greek dentist Helen Arabatzis in Melbourne claimed she got caught in a political row after receiving a fine by Medicare for over $700,000 for completing necessary paperwork incorrectly.
According to the former government’s Chronic Disease Dental Scheme, patients suffering from a chronic dental disease deserve a $4250 worth private treatment for two years.
Dr Arabatzis has claimed that she did everything correctly but her only mistake was not to give patients and their doctors a treatment plan and quote before beginning treatment, adding that “it is disgusting that the federal government is trying to target honest, hard-working dentists” and that repaying the full fine would mean her going bankrupt.
This particular dental services scheme was introduced in 2007 by the then Howard Government. Now, however, the Australian Dental Association and the federal opposition are criticizing the scheme and believe that many dentists have received such unfair fines over incorrect paperwork.
In the meantime, a study revealed that thousands of Australians avoid visiting dentists to get dental care because they cannot afford the high costs of treatment.
Medicare demanded from Dr Arabatzis to repay the fine within 30 days.