The cost of dentures for pensioners in Australia is an important consideration. Due to the high cost of everyday living, you are likely budget-smart.
Additionally, statistics show that 30% of adults in Australia avoid seeing a dentist due to cost. While this may seem like it is not a big deal, it actually is. Your dental health is as important as your overall health. As an elderly person, you are more vulnerable to tooth decay and other dental challenges.
This article covers all you need to know about the cost of dentures for pensioners.
Dentures for pensioners are not free in Australia.
Certain government health care cards may provide benefits, please contact the relevant card issuers listed below to see if you are eligible.
We have researched and documented the denture schemes for each state in Australia, please read on below.
PLEASE CALL MEDICARE 132 011 to find out more on your eligibility!
As a pensioner having this pension concession card makes you eligible to access dental services through Medicare. However, these dental services differ and vary by state as not all services are covered by the eligibility of the pensioner concession card.
The eligibility for the pensioner concession card holds if
The Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) is for people who have reached pension age.
To get this card, you must:
This card has an annual limit on what you can claim. The health care cards are given to people who are not qualified for the pensioner’s concession cards but are receiving government assistance such as widow’s allowance, Newstart, and carer payments. Just like the pensioners’ concession card, entitlement to it varies by state and region.
For example: In New South Wales (NSW), the care cardholders have access to dental services like the general and emergency dental testament. However, dental cosmetic services are not covered by the card.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has introduced a senior dental benefits scheme that states that all Pensioner Concession Card holders over 65 and all Commonwealth card holders are entitled to a reduced public or private dental treatment every two years.
How To Apply in Western Australia
Adult Dental service locations can be found by calling Dental Health Services on 9313 0555 or visiting the Department of Health website at health.wa.gov au.
Western Australia Eligibility
Western Australians hold a Pensioner Concession Card or a Health Care Card. Those holding a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold card are eligible for care at public dental clinics only in certain remote locations. To confirm your eligibility, please phone Dental Health Services on 9313 0555.
Eligible NSW (New South Wales) citizens can get dental treatment from the public dental services or the Oral Health Fee for Service Scheme (OHFSS) voucher to use at a public dental service registered dental practitioner.
How To Get A Voucher
The voucher is only issued to eligible pensioners. Therefore, you must meet all the requirements to become eligible to get a voucher. Eligible residents must:
To get a voucher, call the South Western Sydney phone on (02) 9293 3333 or the state coordinator on 1800 938 133.
How To Apply in Victoria
You can locate your nearest community dental facility on 1300 360054 or contact the Dental Health Services Victoria website.
A denture voucher will pay the majority of the dentures cost. The fee will be the same as at a community dentistry clinic. To revive dental treatments through the public dental systems, you must meet certain requirements.
There might be additional eligibility requirements for dental expert services. Some of them include:
According to the 2017 Australian Dental Fee Survey, the cost of dentures for pensioners is between $1,350-3,500.
So, yes, pensioners pay for dentures.
Yes. When you sign up for a dental insurance policy covering dentures, you’ll typically have to wait a year before you’re eligible for coverage.
It may take some time, but this is so that insurance companies aren’t overburdened with people buying policies only when they need treatment. If you require treatment right away, you may be able to obtain health insurance with no waiting periods.
Fortunately, many other services, such as general dental, physiotherapy, optical, and chiro, do not have such a long waiting period, so there are still plenty of reasons to have an extras policy before you’re eligible for dentures coverage.
Dentures can be paid for in a variety of ways, including:
Getting free dentures for pensioners is possible. You must qualify for a free denture through the public health system. There are health cards in a place that you can use for this purpose. Asides from the health care cards, you can go to a teaching clinic or resort to sourcing for the best prices at your convenience.
Before placing your appointment at any dental clinic, research and find out if you’re eligible and the options available. Government assistance is in place to help with dental treatment, such as Medicare. Always ensure you have Medicare ceps or access the public dental clinics to know if you’re eligible for dental vouchers.
Additionally, you can visit any of My Implant Dentist clinics in Perth and Brisbane to get a quote. Feel free to call us for more information on the cost of dentures for pensioners or if you want to book a consultation session.
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