Bulk Billing Dentists Brisbane
Finding a bulk billing dentist in Brisbane for Kids seems like an impossibility but there are options that can see your dental care for children reduced or even free. This article seeks to be a resource for Brisbane Families, designed to help you get your Brisbane Kids the dental care they need.
How to find a bulk billing Dentist
Bulk Billing is a term used loosely to describe a free dental service for Brisbane Kids. Believe it or not, there are a number ways to get reduced fees or free dental care for kids.
The School Dentist and free dental care for Brisbane Kids
All Queensland resident children who are over the age of four years or those who have not completed Year 10 of secondary school are able to take advantage of the publicly funded dental care system- better known as the school dentist. When your child heads to school you will get a letter in their school bag which will allow you to indicate your willingness to participate in the scheme. This scheme is not means tested and aims to provide kids across Queensland with a dental check up once every two years.
Children younger than four years of age and those who have completed Year 10 of secondary school are also eligible for publicly funded oral health care if they are dependents of current concession card holders or hold a current concession card themselves. If you want to know more about the school dentist scheme or the publicly funded oral health program then head to https://www.health.qld.gov.au/oralhealth/services/school.asp
Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule
In January 2014 the Australian Department of Health introduced the Child Dental Benefits Schedule to help support Brisbane families in the dental care of their children. It is a service which is designed to provide financial support for basic dental services for children between the ages 2-17 years of age. This service will be looking to provide basic dentistry to around 3 million children. It is a financial support system which is capped at $1000 per child over a 2 year calendar period. It is means tested and requires families to be receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Government Payment. It is almost likened to being a means tested extended version of the school dentist. Note that this is a service that is conducted at a normal dentist clinic and you will need to check eligibility first. You will also need to have a current medicare card when you attend your appointment. You should let the dentist know when you are booking that you are looking to take advantage of the scheme to make sure a) they participate and b) you are eligible.
Services Covered Under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule
- Fissure Sealing
- Root Canals
Summary of CDBS
- Available for Brisbane Kids aged between 2 and 17 years of age
- Means Tested
- Happens through a normal dentist (one that participates in the scheme)
- $1000 per child capped over a 2 year period
Excluded services include orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and do not cover dental work done in a hospital. You can find out more about this service and check your eligibility by heading to http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/child-dental-benefits-schedule
How to identify a child friendly Brisbane dentist
The best way to identify a child friendly dentist is firstly to check the list we have on our website for Family Friendly Dentists Brisbane. What you want to look for when you are searching for a family friendly dentist is that their website indicates their willingness to accommodate the needs of kids and the lengths they have gone to be welcoming to Brisbane families. Look at their opening hours, their availability in the event of an emergency and their willingness to participate in the subsidy scheme (sometimes noted as bulk billing dentistry). Some dentists go the extra mile by providing distractions such as TV screens and electronic devices to ensure a dental visit is as comfortable as possible for children.