If your child is aged between 12-17 years, you could be eligible to receive a benefit from the Government to contribute towards the cost of their dental treatment under the Medicare Teen Dental Plan.
Who’s eligible for dental benefits?
Teenagers between 12-17 years old whose families meet the means-test are eligible to receive dental benefits under the Medicare Teen Dental Plan. That means around 1.3 million Australian teenagers are eligible each year.
What does the plan cover?
The plan began on 1 July 2008 in order to provide financial assistance for a preventative dental check. Dental benefits up to $163.05 (indexed on 1 January each year) are offered per calendar year for each eligible teenager with the aim of assisting families to keep their teenagers’ teeth in good health.
How does the Medicare Teen Dental Plan work?
Families with teenagers who are eligible for the plan automatically receive a voucher from Medicare Australia. Medicare uses client information from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to ascertain if your family meets the means-test.
The voucher is generally issued mid-January each year. The benefits can be claimed by the family from Medicare after the preventative check is administered, or the dentist may alternatively bulk bill the check and claim directly from Medicare.
For more information read the Medicare Teen Dental Plan
If you have a voucher and would like to book your teen in for an appointment, contact She’s Apples Dentistry today.
She’s Apples Dentistry is located in the Sydney CBD at Suite 703, 60 Park Street. To make an appointment, please call 9264 5333.