Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides basic dental services to children.
What CDBS doesn’t cover?
Services can be provided in a public or private setting. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital. Also, many of these services have claiming restrictions. These are listed in the Guide to the CDBS on the Department of Health’s website. Please check your child’s eligibility.
To be eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, the patient must:
- be of age 2 to 17 years for at least 1 day of the calendar year
- be eligible for Medicare
- receive, or be part of a family receiving, certain Australian Government payments
Finally, Medicare assess eligibility at the beginning of each calendar year and it’s valid for the entire year. Children who become eligible later in the calendar year will have their eligibility backdated to begin from 1 January of that calendar year.