What is the Child Dental Benefits Scheme?
From January 2014, eligible families, teenagers and approved care organisations will receive a letter to confirm eligibility.
A child’s eligibility is assessed at the beginning of each year and lasts the whole calendar year. A child is eligible if they are aged 2–17 years for at least 1 day of the calendar year, are eligible for Medicare and are either part of a family receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A or one of the following Australian Government payments:
- Youth Allowance
- Disability Support Pension
- Parenting Payment
- Special Benefit
- Carer Payment
- Double Orphan Pension
- Veteran’s Children Education Scheme, if the child is 16 or over
- Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme, if the child is 16 or over
Benefits available under the Child Dental Benefits Scheme
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.
Process for using the Child Dental Benefits Scheme
You can confirm your child’s eligibility and balance amount by accessing your Medicare online account at my.gov.au or calling the Medicare general enquiries line on 132 011.
Make an appointment today with any of our caring dentists and let us know at the time of the booking that you are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
At the time of the appointment, the dentist will discuss your child’s treatment and any associated costs with you before providing any treatment. After this has been discussed, you will need to sign a consent form to proceed.
The Dentists Cairns Dental Group will bulk bill your treatment – there will be no out of pocket expenses.