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      Dental Care for kids

      What is the set-up down under for dental care with children of parents with permanent visas?

      Both my kids have braces in and we were hoping that their treatment would be completed by the time it came to the big move. I talked this over with their Orthodontist a couple of days ago and she told me that their treatment needs to go on for at least 1 more year.

      How can we ensure they get the right treatment for them when we get there?

      Are they entitled to free treatment being kids?

      Does this free treatment cover Braces?

      And, if you wouldnt mind, any other tips you might think of.

      Thanks in advance.

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      As far as I know dental care for anyone is not free in Australia and is very very expensive. Before you come to Oz get your teeth sorted, eyes tested and get any health problems sorted on the NHS

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      Free dental vans come to schools plus teenager are given free yearly dental voucher. These schemes are for general dental and you would have to pay for orthodontistry....only private insurance partially covers this.

      Eye tests are free btw and health problems can be sorted on free Medicare.
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      I think dental care is free for children, but that does not cover orthodontics and braces have to be paid for. As Boganbear said it is expensive here as it is not covered by the medicare system. You can take out insurance to cover the basic costs.

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      Hi
      Dental care is not free for anyone including kids. Each child gets a $159.00 voucher per year and that's it. In terms of private health care you can receive unto 75% back but most of the private health packages have a 12 month waiting clause before you can claim. Medical care is free subject to bulk billing, some practices do nor bulk bill and charge per consultation period (visit to the drs) of $60 which unto 75% is refundable there and then if you have a Medicare card.

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      As the others have said the school dentist provides free treatment for kids,, check up, fillings etc . If the dentist isn't based at your kids school (its a moible van) you can ring them and make an appoitment to go and see them at the school they are currently based.

      With the braces make sure you shop around as private dentists (which you would have to use) vary greatly in price.

      Hope this helps a little
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      Quote Originally Posted by chris_mac View Post
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      Dental care is not free for anyone including kids. Each child gets a $159.00 voucher per year and that's it. In terms of private health care you can receive unto 75% back but most of the private health packages have a 12 month waiting clause before you can claim. Medical care is free subject to bulk billing, some practices do nor bulk bill and charge per consultation period (visit to the drs) of $60 which unto 75% is refundable there and then if you have a Medicare card.

      Best wishes
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      There is the also the free dental van in many places.

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      Quote Originally Posted by fish.01 View Post
      There is the also the free dental van in many places.
      Never heard of that? Must not be available in Caloundra.

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      Cost Information For Tasmania


      Dental examinations for children from birth up to 18 years of age are free.
      The dental treatment required following the examination will be free if your child is:

      • Covered by a Health Care Card;
      • Eligible for assistance under the Department of Education's Assistance Scheme;
      • Attending kindergarten;
      • Under school age (0-5).

      For all other children a co-payment (subsidised fee) of $50 is charged for general dental treatment for a twelve month period. All children receiving dental treatment outside general treatment guidelines, including orthodontic extractions, will incur a co-payment.
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      All depends which state you go to - no free child dental in ACT, they closed all the clinics decades ago.

      Orthodontics, budget about $6k per kid and dont expect the Aus orthodontist to just continue with the care especially if the braces are still on - they will want to whip them off and put their own braces on because they dont want (understandably) to end up being accountable for other peoples' work. You can get a bit back from private health insurance, assuming they dont already have the orthodontic treatment started. You can also claim it as a rebate in your tax return but you will still be quite a bit out of pocket.

     

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