Public sector oral health services are funded by the government and are provided free of charge to eligible customers. Transportation to and from dental clinics is the responsibility of each individual customer. Medicare dental services offer free dentures to pensioners. As a pensioner, having this pension grant card makes you eligible to access dental services through Medicare.
However, these dental services differ and vary by state, as not all services are covered by pensioner concession card eligibility. Metro North offers free general, specialist and emergency dental care for eligible children and adolescents who are residents of Queensland. Always make sure you have Medicare CEPS or access public dental clinics to find out if you are eligible to receive dental vouchers. Eligible populations in each state and territory of Australia, including contact details for public dental services, are listed below.
Additional eligibility criteria may apply for dental specialist services or dental services provided in a hospital. Fortunately, many other services, such as general dentistry, physical therapy, optics, and chiroplasty, don't have such a long waiting period, so there are still plenty of reasons to have an additional policy before you're eligible for denture coverage. Dental health services for ACT residents 18 and older are available to those who have a pension, concession, or health care card issued by ACT Centrelink. Health care cards are given to people who do not qualify for pensioner grant cards, but who receive government assistance, such as widow's allowance, Newstart, and caregiver payments.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has introduced a senior dental benefit plan that states that all pensioner grant card holders over the age of 65 and all Commonwealth cardholders are entitled to reduced public or private dental treatment every two years. Treatment provided by public dental clinics includes emergency dental care and selected general dental treatments. At your appointment, you must bring original dental proof, a valid concession card, and photo ID. Specialty dental care is only available through the Children's Oral Health Service located at the Queensland Children's Hospital or the Oral Health Centre.
For customers issued with these cards and currently receiving benefits, all dependents named on the card are also eligible for free dental care. Healthy Teeth Dental is pleased to provide adults with access to free oral health care to help all eligible Queenslanders have a beautiful smile. General dental clinics offer reduced-cost (subsidized) general and emergency dental care for people 17 and older who have a current pension or health care award card. Medicare only covers some essential dental services, but it doesn't cover dentures or other dental procedures.