Friday, August 19, 2016

Children and Adolescent Dental Health Services

Children and Adolescent Dental Health Services

Who are Eligible?

All Queensland resident children who are at the age of four or older and have not completed year ten of secondary school are all eligible for publicly funded dental health care which is provided in Queensland Health’s Child and Adolescent Dental Health Services, which are previously referred to as the School Dental Program.

Children and Adolescent Dental Health Services

Children who are younger than 4 years of age and those who have completed year ten of secondary school are actually also eligible for the publicly funded dental and oral health services or they are dependents of the current concession card holders or have the current concession card themselves.

Extended Eligibility: The Schedule of Medicare Child Dental Health Advantages

A Medicare advantage of $1000. 00  each patient over 2 consecutive years is available for dental and oral health services for children who are at the age of two to seventeen years and are Medicare eligible. Also, this extended eligibility is available for children who receive or are part of a family that receives a relevant Australian government payments, like the Family Tax Benefit A, at just any point in the calendar. The Child Dental Benefit Schedule, which is also known as CDBS, can be used for accessing oral health care in either the public or private sector.

Eligibility for the publicly funded dental and oral health services in Queensland has been made extended in order to match CDBS eligibility criteria. This indicates that 2-4 year olds and also 6-17 year olds are eligible also for receiving the dental services which are available in Queensland Health clinics if they are eligible to CDBS.

If a CDBS eligible patient wants to access dental and oral health servicesa  Queensland Heath dental clinic, it is important that their CDBS benefits be assigned to Queensland Health. The completion of a Bulk Billing Agreement Form is called for to the commencement of required dental and oral care. Further information regarding the Child Dental Benefits Schedule is available at the Australian Government Department of Human Service website.

Types of Dental and Oral Health Care Provided

General courses of dental and oral health services are commonly provided on-site at school through mobile or fixed dental clinics. Certain Hospitals and Health Services have reviewed and also revised the model of their service and have now provided dental and oral health services to children as well as adolescent at larger dental clinics which are located within their Hospital and Health Service, instead of on-site within schools. Dental and oral health care is made available by teams of oral health staff that include dental professional, oral health therapists, dental assistants, and dental therapists.

specialist dental services

Limited specialist dental services are also available in certain Hospital and Health Services. Specialist Services are means-tested, such as the ones devoted to only concession card holders, and patients who are eligible are prioritized, depending on the criteria of severity.

With all of these conveniences, it thus has become way easier for children and adolescents to gain dental health services on a long-term basis.

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