What assistance is available to those who can’t afford private dental treatment?
My husband is 78 years old and has been on the pension for a number of years now. Can you please tell me how to find out if he can be assisted as his teeth are wearing out and I am not quite sure what help is available to him?
A. Your husband may be eligible for treatment under the National Partnership Agreement which is delivered by state and territory governments under their Public Oral Health Services. There is certain eligibility criteria which must be met, this usually means residing within the Local Health District providing the care and holding a valid concession card, although it may vary between the states and territories.
The services provided may also vary and there may be a waiting list for public dental services.
You can find out more by visiting the Health Department of the state or territory in which you reside:
Also, Seniors Card holders may be eligible for discounts from private dental providers. You should check with your local Seniors Card office for details.
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