A patient who has a GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangements, or a Multidisciplinary Care Plan that was in place prior to 8 September 2012, and who has a referral for dental services under the Scheme, will be able to use the unspent amount, up to the limit of $4,250, in Medicare benefits for dental treatment received before 1 December 2012. This applies whether or not the patient has commenced dental treatment under the Scheme.
Patients who do not have a GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangements, or Multidisciplinary Care Plan in place prior to 8 September 2012 will not be able to access Medicare benefits for dental services under the Scheme from this date.
Patients can still lodge claims with the Department of Human Services (Medicare) after the closure of the Scheme. Claims will be paid as long as the dental services were provided before 1 December 2012 and all the requirements of the services were met. This includes claims made directly by a dental practitioner (bulk billed claims) or those claimed directly by the patient.