The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a new Government funded Medicare program which commenced on the 1st of January 2014. The Schedule will provide eligible children, aged 2-17 years, with up to $1000 in benefits for basic dental services with the funded amount being capped over two consecutive years.
Your child may be eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule if they are aged between 2 to 17 years for at least one day in the calendar year and receives a relevant Australian Government payment such as Family Tax Benefit Part A.
If your child is eligible to receive the benefit, a letter will be sent to you from the Government at the beginning of each calendar year. You should receive your first letter early in 2014. A child’s eligibility will be assessed annually and once a child has been assessed as eligible, they are eligible for that entire calendar year.
Parents can also check their child’s eligibility by telephoning the Medicare General Enquiries no. – 132 011
At Arawatta Dental Centre, we are pleased to offer an extensive range of dental services under the Scheme such as examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. In almost all cases, these services are bulk billed with no out of pocket costs to parents.
For more information about the scheme you can contact our knowledgable front desk team, otherwise you can contact Medicare for eligibility and information.