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PDA stand on BIR

Intensifying Professionalism
Intensifying Professionalism

From: Andy Fernandez
Date: April 29, 2014, 6:41:54 PM GMT+08:00
Subject: PDA stand on BIR

To all my beloved PDA members.

These past few weeks have been very stressful to most of us due to the BIR memorandum circular (the new revenue regulation #4-2014) GUIDELINES AND POLICIES FOR THE MONITORING OF SERVICE FEES OF PROFESSIONALS.

I have been working with this issue for several weeks now with my lawyers. I consulted 7 different lawyers. I can not just decide on this matter and give the official stand of PDA without any legal consultations. To summarize their legal opinions:
#1. Yes we can always challenge BIR in Supreme Court or any court of Law by securing a TRO (Temporary restraining Order) just like what the IBP did. In fact , in our first few meetings we are about to prepare the necessary papers for the TRO but – “BUT”
#2. on the other hand , while it is true that securing a TRO is the fastest procedure to discontinue this ,it may not be the most “prudent” thing to do because
#3. the BIR will “chase after us” for sure Comm. Kim Jacinto-Henares will scrutinize our respective clinics and this will jeopardize the dental practice of “all” our members.

So , at this point we should not rock the boat. All we need to do is (and this is the content of my letter to the BIR , Office of the commissioner) just to:
?#?i?) ask for an extension. At least 60-90 days grace period. At the same time
?#?ii?) Invite them (Any officials of the BIR/ Comm. Kim Henares – if possible) during the 105th PDA Annual Convention to have a forum/dialogue with them. After all , this is the proper venue to discuss such matters. Ang lahat po Ay na dadaan sa mahusay at mabuting usapan. And this will be our “argument”:
A) we can not just comply into something that wasn’t even explained to us, as to what purpose and reason why we have to do this. That is a violation of human rights.
B) There was no letter or proper communication sent to our Association. So, they were trying to evade the PDA and attacking on individual dental professionals.
C) There is such thing as “patients confidentiality” in any patient-doctor relationship. We can not divulge the names of our patients, the treatment that we have done more so the rates we gave them.
D) By submitting to this new revenue order procedure our human rights are already violated.
E) if we are going to allow them to do this, they are somehow doing the job of another goverment agency which is the PRC because they are already regulating the practice of dentistry indirectly. We do not want them to do the job of the Regulatory Board of Dentistry.
F) their mandate is to impose taxes on the professionals but not to regulate the practice.
G)Lastly, we can not allow them to do this because this is a direct violation to our code of ethics.

Upon proper discussion by the general membership of PDA during the annual convention then we will decide if we will submit to them or not. Lets see who has the valid justification (BIR or PDA) during that said forum. If they have a better argument or better justification why we have to follow such order then we are more than willing to comply. We do not want to teach our members to defy the govt and that is the purpose of the 60days extension to give us ample time to inform our members thus , no rights are being violated.

We have already forwarded our request for the extension and I am hopeful that it will granted before the deadline.
By the way, if the IBP succeeds in their TRO, it will include all professionals since the new revenue regulation 4-2014 order procedure was challenge and eventually will be abolished.

We do not want to offend the office of the BIR that’s why we need to channel this to a more decent forum.
I just would like to ask the cooperation of our members to pls be patient with us. The PDA is doing something about this and rest assured that we are fighting for the common good of all dental professionals. Thank you very much.

Dr. Fernando M. Fernandez
Philippine Dental Association

Cost of Dental Implants

Implants are used to provide support and / or retention to the denture component of the Dental Implant Restoration.
Implants are used to provide support and / or retention to the denture component of the Dental Implant Restoration.

Dental Implants are a safe, medically proven, esthetic alternative to “traditional” dental crowns, bridge and dentures. Traditional in the sense that the denture is being supported and retained by tissues in the mouth. Implant restorations look and feel more like natural teeth, they offer comfort, security and confidence.

Basically, prices range between $1,200 to $6,000 for every missing tooth. That is, if you choose implant supported individual dental crowns.

The list of factors on how much you will pay for Dental Implants.

1. Number of Implant to be placed.
This is the most important factor that will determine the cost. The number of fixtures will depend on the type of denture you want and the amount of the bone available to possibly contain the fixtures. Having a fixture to support per dental crown is more expensive than having 2 implant fixture to support a fixed partial prosthesis. Continue reading Cost of Dental Implants

Dentures Cost

Denture Cost
Denture Cost

This is an easy to understand guide on how to estimate your dentures cost.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures
The options are arranged from the least affordable to the most affordable (most expensive option > least expensive option).

1. Type of Denture
Fixed Denture > Removable Denture

A. Fixed Denture (Fixed bridge)

Type of material
All-Ceramic bridge > Porcelain fused to metal bridge > Acrylic bridge with metal substructure > Acrylic bridge

Type of abutment
Implant > Milled Crown > Natural Tooth

Coverage of retainer
Full Coverage > Resin Retained

B. Removable Denture

Type of support
Implant supported denture > Tooth supported denture > Tooth-tissue supported > Soft tissue suported

Type of retainer
Implant retained removable denture > Precision attachment retained removable denture > Clasp retained removable denture > Soft tissue retained removable denture

Rigidity of denture framework
Flexible framework > Dentures with cast metal framework > All acrylic dentures
Continue reading Dentures Cost

Dental Clinic Crime Prevention

Dental Clinic Crime Prevention Tips

1. Installation of Close Circuit Television (CCTV)
2. Installation of burglar alarm
3. Hiring services of security agency/security guards
4. Should have personally trusted assistant preferably male
5. Know the locations and emergency telephone numbers of police station, fire department, hospitals (Dial 117, Text 2920)
6. Before consulting walk-in patient, be sure to get his personal details and photograph him/her
7. Clinic doors should be double lock and there should be other door to be use in case of emergency
8. Keep your clinic well lighted
9. Have a presence of mind
10. Shout or call for help
11. Report the crime to the police, describe the attacker/suspect accurately