As a parent, making sure your child is as healthy as possible is understandably one of your highest priorities. The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) has been introduced by the federal government to make that task a little easier. The CDBS helps you keep your kids’ teeth in great shape by providing you with $1000 that you can use over a two calendar year period on a range of dental services. It replaces the existing Medicare Teen Dental Plan (MTDP).
Services for basic dental treatment, such as dental examinations, routine cleaning, fillings, extractions and root canals are covered under the scheme. High end services, such as orthodontic (the straightening of crooked teeth), cosmetic procedures (replacement of damaged or missing teeth), or any work that might need to be done in a hospital are not covered under the scheme. If you aren’t sure what’s covered, just ask your dentist.
Eligibility is determined each calendar year however funds are valid for two calendar years. 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.
You should ensure that your details are up to date if you think you or your child may be eligible.
* To update your details with Medicare, phone the patient helpline on 132 011.
* For FTB-A matters, phone Centrelink on 136 150.
To learn more, please contact us or visit the Department of Health’s website
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