Child Dental Benefit Scheme (CDBS)
The CDBS provides eligible children with benefits for basic dental services, capped at $1,000 over two consecutive calendar years.
A child is eligible for the CDBS if he or she is aged between 2–18 years .
CDBS? Please explain.
Eligible families now have access to benefits for basic dental services their children need through the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), an initiative from the Australian government. To assist our patients in these tough economic times, we will be Bulk Billing these eligible patients so there are no out of pocket expenses.
The CDBS replaced the Medicare Teen Dental Plan , which ceased operation on December 31, 2013. Under the new schedule, children aged between 2 and 18 are able to receive a capped benefit entitlement to go towards the cost of basic dental services in Australia.
Families must meet a means test to qualify for the benefit, which will involve having received a Family Tax Benefit Part A or other relevant Australian government payment.
What can I expect to be covered?
The CDBS covers a range of services such as examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, root canals and extractions so this can be just the assistance that parents need.
It is important to note, however, that the benefit will not cover any hospital services, orthodontics (like braces) or cosmetic dentistry treatments so if you are wondering whether you would be eligible it’s a good idea to visit our surgery and we can check for you.
How Do I Know If I Am Eligible?
The government usually notifies eligible families via mail, however you can contact Ausbridge dental on 9787 1635 or Medicare on 132 011 to check if your children are covered