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epc & teen dental

Our practice accepts patients to be treated under the Medicare dental schemes.

Medicare chronic disease dental scheme
The Medicare chronic disease dental scheme was introduced in November 2007. The scheme allows chronically ill people who are being managed by their GP under an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan access to Medicare rebates for Dental services.

To be eligible, you must have a chronic medical condition and complex care needs and their oral health must be impacting on, or likely to impact on, their general health. This can only be assessed and set up by your medical GP.

A comprehensive range of dental services will be covered, including dental assessments, preventive services, extractions, fillings, restorative work and dentures.Eligible patients may access Medicare benefits of up to $4250 in total over two consecutive calendar years  for dental services.

The primary purpose of the dental treatment must be to improve oral health or function. Medicare rebates will not be paid for dental services that are purely cosmetic in nature.

Medicare teen dental plan
The Government is providing dental benefits of up to $157 (indexed on 1 January each year) per calendar year for each eligible teenager to receive a preventative dental check from a dentist who is registered with Medicare Australia. Dental therapists and dental hygienists can also provide services under the supervision or oversight of a dentist.

Around 1.3 million teenagers are eligible for the Medicare Teen Dental Plan each year. To be eligible, a teenager must be aged between 12-17 and meet a means test (as described in the Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for families and teenagers below).

Medicare Australia will automatically send eligible teenagers or their families/carers a voucher for a preventative dental check each calendar year, using client information provided by Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Most people will receive their voucher from mid-January each year.

Eligible teenagers can receive their preventative check from a private dentist and claim the benefit from Medicare Australia. Alternatively, the dentist can choose to bulk bill the preventative check (ie. the dentist claims the benefit directly from Medicare Australia).

Eligible teenagers may also be able to use the voucher at a public dental clinic (including a school-based clinic). Contact your local public dental clinic or State or Territory health department for further information and to find out when it may be possible to schedule an appointment.

Teenagers will need to present their voucher when they have a preventative check.