Dental Voucher Schemes

Smart Choice Dental accepts Dental Vouchers

 

VGDS – Victorian General Dental Scheme – dental care vouchers (Who is eligible? See below)Victorian General Dental Scheme

There are some times when your local government funded community dental clinic (or the Dental Hospital in Carlton) they cannot provide you with an appointment due to waiting lists, or due to staff being away. In this situation they may give you a voucher so that you can receive treatment at a private dental clinic. The vouchers have an indication of a service that the dentist is to carry out, or a dollar value of treatment – at the discretion of the community dental clinic staff.
Yes, we do accept the vouchers – and we will send the account as per the instructions on the voucher.
You will be required to pay the same appointment fee that you would pay at the community clinic (usually $25.50 or $30.50- which may be per visit or per item – but will be capped at that dentist at a maximum of $96 usually over the “course of care”). There are some people who may have no co-payment (again it will state this on the voucher if it applies to you).

In your visit at Smart Choice Dental, we will of course try to keep your treatment within the voucher – but there are some services and treatments that are not covered by these vouchers.
(for instance we may be able to do a filling or an extraction under the voucher, but not a root canal). If you do prefer to have a treatment not offered by the voucher, then there may be a private payment to pay. From early July 2013 we will be able to offer direct debit payment plans for larger treatment (over $100, up to $700).

Note that treatment on these vouchers must be completed before the date on the voucher, and they may only have a 3 or 6 month validity. So don’t delay making your appointment – act right away!

 

VEDS – Victorian Emergency Dental Scheme – dental care vouchers (Who is eligible? See below)Victorian emergency dental scheme

Some local community dental clinics (or the Dental Hospital in Carlton) may have trouble with staff rostering (or staff off sick), and from time to time may not be able to see all the patients that they are meant to see in a day. In this situation they may give you a voucher so that you can receive Emergency dental treatment at a private dental clinic. The vouchers have an indication of a service that the dentist is to carry out, or a dollar value of treatment – at the discretion of the community dental clinic staff.
Yes, we do accept the vouchers – and we will send the account as per the instructions on the voucher.
You will be required to pay the same appointment fee that you would pay at the community clinic (usually $25.50 or $30.50- which on these vouchers is for the one visit). There are some people who may have no co-payment (again it will state this on the voucher if it applies to you).

In your visit at Smart Choice Dental, we will of course try to keep your treatment within the voucher – but there are some services and treatments that are not covered by these vouchers.
(for instance we may be able to do a filling or an extraction under the voucher, but not commence with a root canal). If you do prefer to have a treatment not offered by the voucher, then there may be a private payment to pay. From early July 2013 we will be able to offer direct debit payment plans for larger treatment (over $100, up to $700).

Note that treatment on these vouchers must be completed before the date on the voucher, and they may only have a shorter 1, 3 or 6 month validity. So don’t delay making your appointment – act right away!

 

Medicare Teen Dental Vouchersmedicare teen dental vouchers

For families and singles with kids, aged between 12 and 18, they may receive a Medicare Teen Dental voucher in the post early in the year.

This gives a check up and clean at a private dentist who participates in the scheme. We take it further and include a full check up and clean, as well as xrays and fluoride treatment for people with Teen Dental Vouchers.

You get one per child per year – as long as the kids are of the age criteria, and your family unit fits the requirements of Medicare and Centrelink.

If you did not receive a Teen Dental Voucher in the post, you can call Medicare and check your eligibility.
If you have lost or misplaced your voucher, just let us know and we will be happy to call Medicare and get the valid voucher number ready for the appointment.

If you have questions about Teen Dental, please give us a call on 03 9317 3144. Spots are limited, and of course everyone wants appointments in the school holidays – so book your appointment early on 03 9317 3144.

Note that this scheme will be finishing at the end of December 2013, and will be replaced by a different scheme with different criteria. So stay tuned for more details of the new government / Medicare dental scheme for kids of all ages.

 

Grow Up Smiling – Kids Dental Under Medicare

This new package called Grow Up Smiling, will give dental treatment under Medicare for around 3.4 million Australian children between the ages of two and 17 years.
 
Eligible children will be able to access Medicare subsidised dental care in a similar way as they are now entitled to Medicare-funded GP visits. This means future generations will find it as easy to see a dentist as it now is to see a doctor.
Studies have shown that children in the poorest areas experience one-and-a-half times the amount of tooth decay as those in the wealthiest areas. The earlier oral health problems are identified and treated, the better the oral health and systemic health outcomes.
 
Grow Up Smiling will replace the Medicare Teen Dental Plans from 1 Jan 2014. There will be an increase to the eligibility age range, benefit amounts and services that can be provided.
 
The total benefit entitlement will be capped at $1,000 per child over a two-calendar year period and will provide for basic dental treatment including chyeck ups (011, 012, 013), x-rays (022), fillings (521 522 523 531 532 533) and extractions (311 322 324), as well as preventive services such as cleaning (114/115) and scaling (222), fluoride treatments (121) and fissure sealing (161).

Families with private health cover will be able to use their health fund benefits to top up the amount of dental treatments, and thereby ensuring that they are seen by the same team at their family dentist such as Smart Choice Dental.

But for families with no private health cover, they will be able to receive care without the normal “sit and wait” that you get at community clinics, with highly trained professionals, and access to payment plans if the total treatment required in any 2 year period exceeds the $1000 government grants under Medicare.

 

If you have any other questions about any of these schemes, please call our reception for more information, or to make an appointment. Call us on 03 9317 3144.

 

A full listing of the Community Dental Clinics near you, click here or telephone 1300 360 054