Continued dental funding for States from 1 January 2017

The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, announced Federal funding arrangements for dental services from 1 January 2017

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15 December 2016

The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, today announced Federal funding arrangements for dental services from 1 January 2017.

The details are:

    • A modified Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) will continue from 1 January 2017
    • The Australian Government will continue to fund the States and Territories to assist them to provide public dental services to adults through a National Partnership Agreement (NPA) of $320m over this year and the next two years
    • The Royal Flying Doctor Service will receive $11 million over two years to provide dental outreach services to rural and remote communities.
The Government will not proceed with its proposed $2.1 billion Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme, which would have merged federal funding for child and adult dental services into one program, because some States did not support the Scheme.

From 1 January 2017, the maximum benefits available to eligible children under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) will be reduced from $1000 to $700 over two years. However, eligible children who began a two-year cap period in 2016 will continue to have access to benefits up to $1000 for that two-year period.

The changes to the CDBS better reflect utilisation patterns, which indicate that most children are claiming well below the $1000 cap.

The NPA will provide continued Federal funding for the delivery of public dental services to adults. State and Territory governments will also continue to have access to the CDBS as they do now.

Ms Ley said that the delivery of the Turnbull Government’s election funding commitment to the Royal Flying Doctor Service will help ensure that people in rural and remote communities receive the dental care they need.

“This significant boost will mean that Australians living in many remote communities, where dental outcomes are often poor, will have access to high-quality, mobile dental care,” she said.

For more information about the Australian Government’s dental programs see http://www.health.gov.au/dental.

For more information contact Randal Markey, Senior Media Adviser, 0417 318 620

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