The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is a new Medicare Initiative which allows eligible children between the ages of two and 17 years, access to basic dental services. Services include:
- Teeth cleaning
- Root canal treatment
- Fissure sealing
The CDBS will not cover any orthodontic work or cosmetic dentistry
Each child can access up to $1,000 over two consecutive years for the above services if they are eligible under the Family Tax Benefit Part A, eligible for Medicare or receive one of the below Australian Government payments:
- Disability Support Pension
- Parenting Payment
- Special Benefit
If your entire $1000 is not used by the end of the two years, it will not be able to be carried forward for future use. To check whether your child is eligible and also your account balance amount of the $1000, you can use your Medicare online account or call Medicare directly.
Each eligible family will receive a letter of confirmation and eligibility is determined again each calendar year. Your eligibility is based on details held by Centrelink and Department of Veterans’ Affairs, therefore if your circumstances change you need to update your details with these departments.
The CBD Schedule is available to patients now. At Somerset Dental Care we offer the CDB Schedule and are happy to discuss the options and eligibilities available for your children.