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The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a new Government funded dental benefits program for eligible children aged 2-17 years. Eligible children are provided with up to $1,000 in benefits for basic and preventive dental services.
It replaces the Medicare Teen Dental Plan.
Smiles Unlimited is accepting new Child Dental Benefits Schedule patients and existing eligible patients will be transferred to the new scheme.
Below is a summary of the most frequently asked questions about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule however, is not an exhaustive list. Please see the Department of Human Services Website for more information or call the Medicare general enquires line on 132 011 for further information.
A child’s eligibility for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule is assessed by the Department of Human Services. A child is eligible if they are aged between 2-17 years at any point in the calendar year and receive a relevant Australian Government payment, such as Family Tax Benefit Part A, at any point in the calendar year.
The Department of Human Services assesses a child’s eligibility from the start of each calendar year and sends a notification to the child or the child’s carer. Most children will be informed of eligibility at the beginning of the year.
For further information with regards to eligibility please refer to the Department of Human Services website.
Eligible children have $1, 000 to use on dental treatment over a two year period. The two year period commences at the start of the calendar year, not from the first dental appointment date.
The $1, 000 benefit is available for the full two calendar year period, so any benefits not used in the first year can be carried over into the second year.
Any benefits not used after the end of the second year however, cannot be carried forward for use after the two year period has elapsed.
Eligible children can use their full benefits within the first year if required. However, if this is the case, additional benefits will not be made available for use by the government in the second year.
After an eligible child reaches their $1, 000 limit, no further benefits under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule will be available within the two year period.
Eligible children with private health insurance are unable to claim benefits from both their Health Fund and the Child Dental Benefits Schedule for the same treatment.