What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)?
The Australian Government is expected to provide around 3.4 million in aid to help improve child oral and dental health. The Government funded Child Dental Benefits Schedule. The Child Dental Benefits Schedule commenced in January 2014 and continues in 2016. The scheme is designed to assist eligible children between the ages of 2 and 17 years of age.
What is Covered by the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?
Pediatric dental services covered by the Child Dental Benefits Schedule include:
- Dental check-ups
- Teeth cleaning
- Fissure seals
- Root canal treatment
- Partial dentures
High-end dental services such as Orthodontics or Cosmetic Dentistry are not included in the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
Can my child use the full $1,000 in the first year?
Yes, patients can use their full benefits within the first year of eligibility if required. If this is the case, additional benefits will not be made available in the following year. If this is the case, and the child is first eligible for benefits in 2014, child would be required to to wait until until 2016 before they can again access a new $1000 which will be assessed on eligibility.
What happens if my child doesn’t use the $1,000 within two years?
If the full $1000 is not used within the two (2) calendar year period, the eligibility expires and the remaining benefits cannot be used in the future.
What if my child needs more treatment which will extend past the $1,000 benefit limit?
Patients/parents will need to pay the balance for any treatment over $1000. It is best to talk to your Dentist to gain a better understanding of the potential financial effect.
Can my child still use private health insurance for other services not covered by child dental benefits schedule?
Yes, private health insurance can be used for additional treatment not covered by Child Dental Benefits Schedule
Do I Need to Pay a Dentist After Treatment?
When you book your appointment at MGA Dental, you will be advised whether the dentist you are booking with is bulk billing for this service or if they require payment on the day and then claim back eligible benefits from Medicare. Benefits for some services may have restrictions under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. You will need to personally meet the costs of any services not covered by the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
Find out more at www.health.gov.au