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Child Dental Benefit Scheme

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on 1 January 2014 and will provide access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3.4 million children aged 2-17 years.

The total benefit entitlement will be capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period.

For more information about the new Child Dental Benefits Schedule please contact Bendigo Dentist Clinic on (03) 9999 9703 or request an appointment online and we will call you back to answer your questions and schedule an appointment.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

The Child Dental Benefit Scheme is available for children aged between 2- 17.

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 between 2-17 years
  • eligible for Medicare
  • part of a family receiving Family Tax Benefit A

or receiving one of the following Australian Government Payments:

  • Youth Allowance
  • Abstudy Allowance
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special Benefit
  • Carer Payment
  • Double Orphan Pension

If you think your family may be eligible for this scheme it would be advisable you contact Medicare to ensure your family’s contact details are up to date. Phone Medicare on: 132 011 to check your eligibility.

HOW DO I PAY?

Firstly, you need to let reception staff know upfront that you intend to use the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, and provide your Medicare card number so we can bulk bill your consultation and confirm eligibly.

On the day of your appointment, we can scan your Medicare card using HICAPS and you will not be required to upfront.

If you do not mention that you would like to use the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, an itemised receipt, using the appropriate codes will be issued. You can take this to Medicare for a full rebate.

Parents will need to bring their Medicare Card to all appointments.

WHAT TREATMENT IS INCLUDED?

Taking your child along for regular dental check-ups every six months can have a critical effect on their overall oral health. These check-ups provide the opportunity for early detection of any dental issues that may be present in your child’s mouth.

The longer dental problems go untreated, the more severe the impact can be on your child. That’s why regular check-ups are essential for identifying and resolving these issues before they can pose a more serious problem for your child.

The Child Dental Benefit Scheme covers basic dental treatments such as,

  • Dental check-ups
  • Teeth cleaning & hygiene therapy
  • Fluoride applications and fissure sealants
  • X-rays
  • Fillings & restorations
  • Fissure seals or sealants
  • Extractions or tooth removal
  • Dental infections & emergencies
  • Partial dentures

The Child Care Dental program is intended for basic and preventative dental care. Orthodontic and cosmetic procedures are not included in this program. Some codes, will have limitations in use and will be explained by Bendigo Dentist Clinic staff at time of your visit.

To learn more about the Child Care Dental Program please call us on 1800 754 671.

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