Child Dental Benefits Schedule Commences 1 January 2014
The new federal government child benefits schedule (CDBS) will replace the existing Medicare Teen Dental Plan. It 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. The CDBS will have a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.
The CDBS will provide individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits will not be available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and will not be paid for any services provided in a hospital.
The key difference with the CDBS over the Teen Dental Plan is that treatment such as simple restorations and root fillings are now covered (up to the S1000 cap) and the plan now covers children aged 2-17.
Here at Mullumbimby Dental Centre we will be fully supporting this plan and bulk billing all eligible patients. We have a Medicare easy claim facility at the practice so patients do not need to pay for the treatment and claim it back from Medicare we will process the claim directly.
Further details about this plan can be found here