The Child Dental Benefits Scheme
Smile In Style is pleased to announce that it is supporting the Federal Government’s new child Dental Benefits Scheme. The scheme is part of the National Dental Health Reform, which is designed to address increasing dental decay and poor oral health in children between the ages of 2 to 17 years. This scheme will provide financial support for basic dental services for children aged 2–17 and it commenced on the 1st of January 2014.
The Child Dental Benefit Scheme will provide a capped benefit entitlement in the amount of $1000 for each child over a two year calendar period for basic dental services for children aged 2-17 in families who meet a means test. Criteria will be the same as it is for the current Medicare Teen Dental Plan, including requirements for receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A or other certain government payments.
The Department of Human Services assesses a child’s eligibility from the start of each calendar year and sends a notification to the child or the child’s carer. Routine checks are performed throughout the year to determine newly eligible children. Most children will be informed of eligibility at the beginning of the year.
Once a child has been assessed as eligible, they are eligible for that entire calendar year – even if they are turning two that year, turn 18, or stop receiving the relevant government payment.
The basic dental service includes essential dental treatment such as x-rays, check-ups, restorations, fissure sealants and extractions. Orthodontics and cosmetic treatments are not included in this scheme.
If your child is eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme and is due for preventative or restorative dental care at Smile In Style, please let our Front Office Manager know when you call to make an appointment and she will be happy to explain how the scheme works.
If you’d like to make an appointment for your child please phone 8400 4104 for our Moonee Ponds practice or 8001 6021 for our Sunbury practice or alternatively you can now book online.
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