Child Dental Benefits Schedule – CDBS

Child Dental Benefits Schedule

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule provides basic dental services to children.  East Side Dental, Bundaberg, bulk bill Child Dental Benefits Schedule (Medicare) for all eligible children. Call Us at (07) 4151 7305 to know more.

The CDBS is a government initiative to improve dental health of children between the ages of 2 and 17. Under the scheme, all eligible children are provided with $1,000 worth of free treatment. Furthermore, you can use over a two calendar year period on a range of dental services.

Remember, if you do not use all of your $1,000 benefit in the first year of eligibility, you can use it in the second year if you are still eligible. Most importantly, any remaining balance will not carry forward at the end of the second year.

CDBS will cover a range of services including:

  • Examinations
  • X-rays
  • Cleaning
  • Fissure sealing
  • Fillings
  • Root canals
  • Extractions
  • Partial dentures.

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.

IMPORTANT

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.

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