How does the Child Dental Benefits Schedule operate?

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child dental benefits schemeUnder the Australian Government’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), more than 3 million children will now be eligible for dental care funded by Medicare.

The CDBS, which took effect on 1 January 2014, provides families with up to $700 worth of basic dental treatment in any two calendar–year period for each child aged 2 to 17 years on any one day of that period.

The CDBS is means tested. To be eligible, the child or their parent or guardian must be eligible for Medicare and receiving either the Family Tax Benefit Part A or any one of the following government benefits:

  • Youth Allowance
  • ABSTUDY
  • 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).

The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services, including consultations, X-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canal treatments and extractions.

All of these services and more are available to you and your child at Smile Solutions, where over 45 registered specialists, general dentists and dental hygienists all practise together under the one roof.

At Smile Solutions you can submit your claim electronically immediately after your treatment. Otherwise you can make a claim by calling Medicare on 132 011; or you can download the Medicare claim form and post it to the Department of Human Services, GPO Box 9822 in your capital city, or lodge it in person at your local Medicare Service Centre.

Further information on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule is available on the government’s Department of Health website.

Please call us at Smile Solutions on 13 13 96 if you would like to make an appointment for your child and claim your entitlements under this scheme.

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