Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

If your child is eligible for $1,000 worth of basic dental services under the CDBS initiative, you can call Integrated Dental Health on (02) 4708 7007 to receive your benefits.

At Integrated Dental Health, we bulk-bill on the spot so here is no gap for you to pay.

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a dental benefits programme that replaces the Medicare Teen Dental Plan (MTDP), effective 1 January 2014. Targeting children and teenagers, the 2.7 billion Commonwealth-funded initiative provides a capped benefit entitlement for basic dental services.

This means-tested programme aims to benefit an estimated 3.4 million children every year. As a basic requirement for eligibility, the child’s family must be receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A or other specified government payments (please read list below).

Under the schedule, an eligible child aged between 2–17 is granted access to dental benefits of up to $1,000 over two consecutive calendar years. If the child does not use the full amount of $1,000 in benefits during the first calendar year, the balance is claimable in the second year, provided the child is still eligible. No remaining balance is allowed to be carried forward after the second year.

NOTE: No registration is required for the programme. Eligible teens or parents of eligible children would have received a letter of confirmation from the Australian Government.

If you have received this letter and would like to claim the benefits at our clinic, simply present the letter to one of our friendly staff at the reception counter, and we will take care of the deductions accordingly. Just let us know that you would like to claim the CDBS benefits and we will process the deductions on the spot. Any balance amount may be saved for a future visit, as long as it falls within the two-year period, as set out in the letter.

What Treatments are Included in the Programme?

chilld_dentalThe CDBS covers the basic range of dental services as per the following:

  • Oral examination
  • Professional dental cleaning
  • Root canal therapy
  • Extraction
  • Fissure sealing
  • X-ray

The benefits do not include access to advanced treatments like orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. It is important to note that dental services provided by the hospital are not covered by the CDBS.

How Do I Know If My Child is Eligible?

If your child is eligible, you would have received a letter from the Australian Government from January 2014 onwards, confirming his or her eligibility. Each eligible child can claim up to $1,000 over a two-year period, provided he or she is still eligible at the time of claiming the benefit. Eligibility is determined on a yearly basis.

To be eligible for the CDBS, your child must be aged between 2-17 (for at least one day of the calendar year) and must be eligible for Medicare. As this is a means-tested programme, you or your spouse must be part of a family receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A or one of the following Australian Government payments:

  • Parenting Payment
  • Carer Payment
  • Special Benefit
  • Youth Allowance
  • ABSTUDY
  • Disability Support Pension
  • 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)

To check if your child is eligible, contact the Australian Government Department of Human Services on 132011. For more information, go to:  http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/child-dental-benefits-schedule

How Do I Claim the Benefits?

At Integrated Dental Health, we bulk bill on the spot with nothing to pay (if it does not exceed the cap amount). If your child is eligible for CDBS, all you need to do is inform us of the eligibility either by phone when you make an appointment, or presenting the letter at our reception counter. If you have misplaced or lost the letter, simply present your Medicare card (with the child’s name on it) and let us take care of the rest.

If your child is eligible for CBDS, you can claim up to $1,000 free dental every 2 years.
Just give us a call on  (02) 4708 7007 and we’ll take care of the rest!


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