Medicare Kids Dental

DENTAL BENEFITS

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 has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.

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.

At Mermaid Waters Dental Surgery we bulk bill eligible Children directly with Medicare so that there will be no out of pocket costs at your dentist visit.

Please call (07) 5572 9300 to schedule an appointment.

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR THE CHILD DENTAL BENEFITS SCHEDULE

Your children might be eligible if they are

* Aged between 2-17
* Receive, or their family, guardian or carer receives, certain government benefits such as Family Tax Benefit Part A
* Are eligible for Medicare

 

To confirm eligibility call Medicare on 132 011
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.

Dental treatment that is covered by the CDBS includes examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Not included is orthodontic or cosmetic dental work.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule services will not count towards the Medicare Safety Net threshold.

 

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule please refer to the following government websites:

https://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/childdental

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/child-dental-benefits-schedule

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