Child Dental Benefits Schedule
CDBS: Minor Amendments To Take Effect From 1 January 2018
In the news:
“The Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt had advised the ADA that a number of changes to the CDBS have been finalised and will take effect on 1 January 2018.”
“The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on 1 January 2014 and provides access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3 million children aged 2-17 years.”
Your child’s oral health is as important as anyone else’s in your family, in fact even more important.
We believe that the stronger your child’s oral health foundation is, the higher are his/her chances of having a lifetime of healthier teeth.
But caring for your child’s teeth has accompanying costs, and sometimes these costs can put a dent in your budget At Your Gold Dentist, we want to help! We support Medicare’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule to encourage parents to put more attention to their children’s oral health.
Read on to learn more about this amazing opportunity!
What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?
Following the advice of the National Advisory Council on Dental Health, the Minister of Health has founded the Child Dental Benefits Schedule program. It aims to improve the oral health status of the country by introducing oral health care to children.
This is in pursuant to research studies demonstrating that dental conditions are the third leading cause of preventable hospitalisations in 2013-2014.
Under the CDBS, eligible children are given access to up to $1000 worth of basic dental treatments over two calendar years. Eligible children are given vouchers to be used when they visit the dentist.
Not all children qualify for this program. There are eligibility requirements that must be met.
Children must be:
- Aged (2-17 years old)
- Member of Medicare
- In a family that receives financial assistance funded by the Australian government
The following are the family financial assistance funded by the Australian government:
- Parenting payment
- Family tax benefit
- Youth allowance
- Disability support pension
- Carer payment
- Special benefit
- Veteran’s children education scheme (if child is 16 or older)
- Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act education and training scheme (if child is 16 or older)
Medicare will send a letter of confirmation to the families of eligible children, stating the policies coverage and limitations.
Coverage and Limitations of CDBS
The program covers basic dental treatments. Below are the services covered by CDBS:
- Dental check ups
- Dental cleaning
- Fissure sealing
- Tooth fillings
- Tooth Extractions
- Root canal treatments
The CDBS has limitations. It doesn’t cover the following dental services:
- Cosmetic surgery
- Services given in a hospital
We recommend calling us ahead to check your eligibility and balance, and for us to answer your queries prior to your dental appointment.
Top-Notch Children Dentistry at Your Gold Coast Dentist
Give your child the dental treatments he/she needs to have a lifetime of healthy teeth. At Your Gold Coast Dentist, we help our patients achieve and maintain optimum oral health. Enjoy the advantages of CDBS at your trusted dental facility in Parkwood.
Call (07) 5594 6699 or visit us at Gold Coast Parkwood Piazza, Shop 10/300 Olsen Avenue in Parkwood on the Gold Coast.
Evening and Saturday appointments available!