Children’s Dental Benefit Schedule – Funded by Medicare!

Children’s Dental Benefit Schedule Medicare

Contact our reception team and ask them to check eligibility today. You will just need to quote your Medicare number and patient ID.

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) was introduced by the federal government to make helping care for your children’s a little easier. If your family receives benefits such as Family Tax Benefit A payments, the CDBS will help keep your kids’ teeth in cared for on a routine basis by providing you with up to $1000 that you can use over a two calendar year period on a range of dental services including examinations, routine cleaning, fillings, and root canals.

The CDBS does will not cover orthodontics (the straightening of crooked teeth), cosmetic dental procedures (the restoration or replacement of damaged or missing teeth), or any work that might need to be done in a hospital. For more information on what is not covered please contact our reception team so they may assist you finding further information and check eligibility.

 Is my Child Eligible?

Children who are eligible for the CDBS by Medicare will need have the following criteria:

  • they’re within the applicable age range (2-17 years) for at least some of that year
  • they qualify for Medicare;
  • and you receive either Family Tax Benefit Part A, Parenting payment or Double Orphan Pension payments for at least some of that year.

Your child can still access CDBS services throughout a particular calendar year regardless even if your circumstances change. Even so, it’s still worth confirming with our team that your child still qualifies for CDBS before scheduling your appointment. We are here to help!

NB Dental will bulk bill all children covered for dental treatment on the CDBS. If you would like to make further enquiries to see if you’re eligible please contact NB Dental and our receptionists will be happy to help. It’s important that you bring your Medicare card to your appointments so your claim can be sent directly to Medicare and avoid you paying yourself.

 Using your $1000 allocation 

To ensure that you’re aware of the costs upfront, we will explain all probable expenses and get your consent in writing before treatment begins. If there’s any additional work needed following the initial examination, the costs will again be outlined and your consent obtained. This means you can then decide how quickly or slowly you use your $1000 allocation; you can use it all at once if you need to, or spread the spending out over the two calendar years. 

If you’re not sure how much of your allocation you have left to use, we can look that up for you, and let you know if you’ll be up for any out-of-pocket expenses well before your appointment date so you can decide your plan forward.

 Where can I find out more?

Our team is always here to help. We have been fully trained in this program and have a direct representative for Medicare available for us to contact at any time, so feel free to contact our receptionists on (07) 3366 4298 for further eligibility qualification information or assistance. If you wish to speak with Medicare directly yourself you can call Medicare on 132 011 or visit the Department of Human Services website.