Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Children Brushing

 

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) started in January 2014 and provides access to benefits for basic dental services for eligible children. The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is paid by Medicare. 

The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.

You can confirm your child’s eligibility and balance amount by calling Medicare on 132 011.

The CDBS provides individual benefits for 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.

At Sims Dental we bulk bill items covered by the CDBS. Please call 03 54721377 to schedule an appointment.

 

Eligibility for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule

 

Your children might be eligible if they are

  • Aged between 2-17
  • Receive, or their family, guardian or carer receives, certain government benefits such as Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • Are eligible for Medicare

To confirm eligibility call Medicare on 132 011
In 2014, benefits for dental treatment are limited to $1,000 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years.

If not all of the $1,000 is used in the first year, the remaining balance can be used in the second year, if your child is still eligible. Any remaining balance will not be carried forward at the end of the second year.

Dental treatment that is covered by the CDBS includes examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Not included is orthodontic or cosmetic dental work.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule services will not count towards the Medicare Safety Net threshold.

 

Process for using the CDBS

 

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.

Call Sims Dental on 03 54721377 to make an appointment and let us know that you are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

At the time of the appointment, we will discuss your child’s treatment and any associated costs with you before providing the services. After this has been discussed, you will need to sign a consent form.

When the dentist has provided the services agreed for your child, you will be able to claim the total fee directly with Medicare (given that you have enough Child Dental Benefit left to cover the full treatment costs).

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule please refer to the following government websites:

https://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/childdental

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/child-dental-benefits-schedule