A compassionate, decent society would not leave people – especially a child – with toothache due to inadequate resources. In Australia, some 30,000 children per year have to be hospitalized for dental treatment under general anesthetic. Many of these admissions could be avoided with preventative dental treatment. Consequently, I was thrilled to see a newspaper article about The Child Dental Benefits Scheme, but dismayed at reported Government inaction to promote it to save money. We (in the financial sector) could do this in our newsletters, blogs and other communications with the general public.
The scheme provides $1,000 worth of Medicare funded dental care every two years for families eligible for Family Tax Benefit A. It can be used to get free or reduced cost dental care from a family dentist. The Government tried to shut the scheme or reduce its benefits, but was unsuccessful. Family Tax Benefit has an eligibility determined by the child’s age, immunization status and an income test. The income test is complex but is as high as between $100,000 to $240,000 before it phases out completely (depending on the number of children).
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Let us play our part in ensuring that the children of Australia get a comfortable visit to the family dentist for preventative dental care instead of a trip to hospital in pain.