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 is means tested. 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.
Eligibility For The Child Dental Benefits Schedule
To confirm eligibility please call Medicare on 132 011
Your children might be eligible if they are (1) aged between 2-17, (2) receive certain government benefits such as Family Tax Benefit Part A, (3) are eligible for Medicare.
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.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule services will not count towards the Medicare Safety Net threshold.
Process For Using The Child Dental Benefits Schedule
Please confirm your child’s eligibility and balance amount by accessing your Medicare online account or by calling the Medicare general enquiries line on 132 011.
You can either call your existing dental provider or call us at Surrey Hills Family Dental* on (03) 9078 3769 to make an appointment*. 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.
About Surrey Hills Family Dental Clinic
We are a family owned dental surgery in Surrey Hills, and provide dental services for the whole family. We see patients starting from the age of 2, children, teenagers, as well as their parents and grandparents.
Just 12 km east from the Melbourne CBD, The Surrey Hills Family Dental Clinic is conveniently located and easily accessible by car, train and bus. We have wheel-chair access.
We provide our service to patients from the suburbs of Surrey Hills, Balwyn, North Balwyn, Mont Albert, Mont Albert North, Bulleen, Templestowe, Box Hill, Box Hill South, Box Hill North, Canterbury, Camberwell, Blackburn, Forest Hill, Burwood, Ringwood and beyond.
At Surrey Hills Family Dental Clinic we aim to provide our patients with affordable personalised dental care, using state of the art services and technology. We believe in preventative dental care for our patients and we educate them on how to maintain their dental health for life. To support this we provide a warm, relaxing and supportive environment for both our patients and our staff.
Please call Surrey Hills Family Dental Clinic on (03) 9078 3769 to schedule an appointment with our gentle and caring dentists
More Information on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule
For more information about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule please refer to the following government websites:
*Please note that there will be out of pocket costs (to cover the gap costs) when using the CDBS . Please call (03) 9078 3769 to discuss and schedule an appointment.