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Aussie children are missing out on $1000 worth of free dental care, because their parents are not aware of the government scheme.

The program is offered to anyone receiving Family Tax Benefits, however dentists have warned it may be at risk and have advised parents to make the most of it.

Dentists who had treated kids under the scheme said most had never sat in the chair before and they had rotten teeth to prove it.

It is available for children age 2-17 years.

On average only $312 of the rebate is being claimed per child.

If you receive family benefit part A you are eligible for the rebate.

Further details HERE.

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  • Adults and children who had a GP medical plan done by a registered nurse or doctor and signed by the doctor because of serious medical problems needing regular care used to be entitiled to free Dental. That was stopped. Some medical problems – and some medication taken for them damage your teeth, often making them very prone to loss of strength and damaged surface too

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  • Good to know – we are with a private health fund so get free check ups and cleans every 6 months but this is good to know if anything goes wrong.

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  • This is good to know, thank you.

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  • Good to see this is still running. We received this benefit when my son was in Year 7.

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  • Any scheme to assist with dental care is a win for the community.


    • Good information to spread amongst networks.

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  • Wish they’d bring something similar in for old aged pensioners. I have managed to keep our private health cover so don’t need it, but so many pensioners are in agony because they can’t afford the dentist or else they don’t eat for a week.

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  • Unfortunately, we are not eligible. It’d be helpful.

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  • With the health insurance we are covered for dentist so we never used this benefit. I would have loved to use it for my daughter’s orthodontic treatment but that wasn’t possible. That’s a pity.

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  • We get a letter about it each year

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  • Unless it’s changed, that $1000 is to cover 2 years?

    We use it, which reminds me I just got a reminder that they are die for their next check up lol

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  • Since we came to live in Australia 9 years ago we’ve been using this government scheme and are thankful for it ! Coming from the UK where all dental cost for children till 18 years is free (including orthodontic care, like braces etc), we were keen to discover what schemes they have here. Dental care is so important !

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  • Wow ! I must check and see if my daughters know about this !

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