The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a $2.7 billion measure that will provide a Commonwealth funded capped benefit entitlement for basic dental services for children.
Around 3.4 million children aged 2-17 in families who meet a means test will be eligible for benefits each year. This means test will be the same as the existing Medicare Teen Dental Plan (MTDP), which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A or other certain government payments.
What Treatment is Included in the Program?
Services for basic dental treatment, such as check-ups, x-rays, fillings and extractions will be included in the CDBS. High end services, such as orthodontic treatment are not included. The total benefit entitlement will be capped at $1000 per child over a two year period, however eligibility will need to be determined.
We bulk bill at our practice and hence patients don’t have to pay anything If they are eligible.
How Do I Know if I am Eligible for the CDBS?
The Australian Government will write to eligible children or their families in early 2014 to confirm eligibility.
Children aged 2 to 17 who meet certain means testing are eligible for the CDBS. Families eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or certain other government payments will be able to take advantage of the CDBS.
Eligibility is determined each calendar year however funds are valid for two calendar years. As the payment of benefits will be administered through Medicare, using details held by Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, you should ensure that your details are up to date if you think you or your child may be eligible.
- To update your details with Medicare, phone the patient helpline on 132 011.
- For FTB-A matters, phone Centrelink on 136 150.
- To contact the Department of Vertan’s Affars, phone 1332 254.