DENTAL CARE FOR CHILDREN
We bulk bill Child Dental Benefits Schedule (Medicare) for all eligible children.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides basic dental services to children. Dental services are capped at $1,000 over 2 consecutive calendar years.
In 2014, benefits for basic dental services are capped at $1,000 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years.
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. Any remaining balance will not be carried forward at the end of the second year.
Benefits will cover 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.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule services will not count towards the Medicare Safety Net or the Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds. The CDBS does not cover orthodontic or cosmetic dental work. There are some restrictions for dental services. These are listed in the Guide to the Child Dental Benefits Scheduleon the Department of Health’s website.
To be eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, the patient must:
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.