The Department of Immigration has new forms that affect the process of of applying to the Dental Board for initial applications and renewals. Section 9: Referral to Statutory Council Form requires a signature from the Dental Board. The period of time for the work permit is also requested in this section.
In order to facilitate this process, when you write to the Dental Board requesting the support for a renewal or initial application, include with your letter and supporting documentation, section 9 of the Immigration form with the date field filled in.
Hygiene Programs Due to a high percentage of poor performance on the Hygiene qualifying examinations of candidates who studied at schools that are fast tracked (2 years and less), the Bermuda Dental Board encourages against the attendance of such abbreviated dental hygiene programs. Further when considering a school, it is advisable to select one that will provide additional training in the event you require additional training post graduation.
Healthcare Professions Fee Increase Effective April 1st 2015 When sending applications directly to the Bermuda Dental Board, a copy of the receipt showing payment must accompany the application for it to be processed.
As of August 1st, 2012 all healthcare providers are being required by law under the Health Insurance Ammendment Act 2012 to take assignment for all procedures covered by patient insurance plans. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? - The new law will expand the relationship of patients, healthcare providers and healthcare insurers - All patients who have insurance coverage plans will no longer be required to pay "FEE FOR SERVICE" charges at their healthcare offices. -Though always financially responsible for the total fees for care, patients who are verifiably eligible at the time of their healthcare visit, will only be required to pay the co-pay at the time of their visit. - All healthcare providers will be required to assign any insured portion of the fees directly to the insurance company
It is important that all stakeholders, patients, healthcare providers, and insurers be familar with their responsibilities and requirements under the Act and govern themselves accordingly.
For further information and greater detail please click the Bermuda Health Council Website link below .
Policy for Locum Dentist
Effective January 1st 2018 locum for a General Dentist must be for a minimum of 2 weeks (10 working days) and a maximum of 3 months. A specialist can have a locum any period of time up to 3 months. Bermuda Dental Board Position on the Placement and Restoration of Dental implants To place, restore or service dental implants in Bermuda a dentist must carry Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgery malpractice insurance from the Medical Protection Society. Due to the restrictive nature of the malpractice policy, to best ensure that patients have continued access to care of their implants throughout all phases of treatment and follow up, the practice of implant dentistry is limited to dentists with permanent residents in Bermuda.