Children’s Dental Care
Child Dental Benefits Scheme
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a program from the Australian Commonwealth Government for eligible children aged 2–17 years that provides benefits over two years to the child for basic dental services.
Are my children eligible?
|A child is eligible if they are aged 2–17 years, are eligible for Medicare and receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or other relevant Australian Government payments, including:
Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment Special Benefit, Carer Payment, Double Orphan Pension, Veteran’s Children Education Scheme, if the child is 16 or over Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (if the child is 16 or over).
Eligible families should have received a letter to confirm eligibility from the Commonwealth Department of Human Services in January 2014.
How can I check my eligibility and balance?
You can also confirm your child’s eligibility and balance amount by accessing your Medicare online account at my.gov.au or calling the Medicare general enquiries line on 132 011.
What kind of dental treatment can my children receive?
|Benefits cover a range of dental services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canal treatments and extractions.
Benefits will not be available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and will not be paid for any dental services provided in a hospital operating theatre or oral surgery environment.
Will I have any out-of-pocket cost for treatment?
If you receive your dental treatment in our clinic your claim will be bulk billed via Medicare and you will have no out-of-pocket costs. You do not need to submit a Medicare claim. No patient co-payment is required.
Where can my children be treated?
Your children can receive treatment at one of Dentserve’s dental clinics in Fawkner or Bundoora.
Will I have to go on a waitlist?
No, your children will not be placed on a dental waiting list to receive treatment in our clinic. You will be offered the next available appointment.
How does the cap work?
Benefits for basic dental services are capped over two consecutive calendar years. If you do not use all of your benefit in the first year of eligibility, you can use it in the second year if you are still eligible.
Any remaining balance will not be carried forward at the end of the second year.
What if our family stops receiving any of the Government benefits which entitles my children to CDBS?
Your children will still be eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule even if Government payments’ eligibility changes throughout the year, as you only need to be receiving benefits at some point throughout the year.
Will my Dental Practitioner be able to check if my children are eligible?
Yes, all dental practices will be able to check patient eligibility by contacting Medicare.