A Simple Guide to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule 2017
Cross Road Dental is proud to announce it’s involvement in the new Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) -An initiative of the Australian Government to provide NO FEE DENTAL to children between the ages of 2 – 17.
Children aged between 2 –17 years on any one day of the calendar year
Receive, or their family, guardian or carer receives, certain government benefits such as Family Tax Benefit Part A for at least part of the calendar year
A child is eligible if they are aged 2–17 years for at least 1 day of the calendar year, are eligible for Medicare and are either part of a family receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A or one of the following Australian Government payments:
- Youth Allowance
- 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
- From January 2014, eligible children will receive a letter to confirm eligibility.
Benefit Amount – $1, 000 cap per child, over 2 consecutive calender years eg. 1/1/14 – 31/12/15
If you do not use all of your $1,000 benefit in the first year of eligibility, you can use it in the second year if you are still eligible.
Benefits will cover a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions.
Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.
CDBS services will not count towards the Medicare Safety Net or the Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds.
How To Take Advantage of the CDBS
STEP 1: Confirm eligibility
You can 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.Talk to Us About an Appointment