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The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has applauded announcement by the Turnbull Government and its Health Minister, Greg Hunt, to reinstate the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) cap to $1,000.
Our children are the future of Australia, and that is why it is important to protect their health, including their dental health. To protect this dental health of, since January 1st, 2014, the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) has provided services for over 3 million Australian children, aged between 2 and 17.
This Government funded initiative, which succeeded the Medicare Teen Dental Plan, has helped to ensure that children who otherwise might not have had access to basic dental care, did.
The good news is that the CDBA has been renewed in 2017!
At Bondi Dental our highly trained team is waiting work with you, CDBS, and your children to teach them good dental habits (including regular checkups!) and protect their health.
The Importance of the CDBS
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has always held that the CDBS is the best preventative dental program for Australian children. Without it, the dental health of our children could not be completely guaranteed.
Australian Dental Association President Dr. Hugo Sachs, responded to the extension of the CDBS at $1,000:
“Following discussions between Minister Hunt and the association, the minister has acted decisively. He is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to supporting the CDBS which is strong investment in early intervention for children’s dental heath,” he said.
What Services Does CDBS Cover?
The CDBS covers a range of basic dental services including: Dental Examinations; Cleaning, Scaling and Polishing; Tooth Fillings; Fissure Sealing for Teeth; Extractions; Root Canal Treatment, and; Emergencies.
“Benefits aren’t available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and can’t be paid for any services provided in a hospital,” according to the Department of Human Services web page.
Who is Eligible?
Children aged between two and seventeen years old can be assessed for eligibility. To be eligible, a child must qualify for Medicare, and they must be a part of a family who receives an applicable government payment, as listed below.
Eligibility is assessed at the beginning of each calendar year and is valid for the entire year. If you become eligible part way through a calendar year, you only get benefits under the CDBS from the date of Medicare eligibility.
Your children are eligible if the child’s parent, carer, or guardian receives:
- Family Tax Benefit Part A
- Parenting Payment, or
- Double Orphan Pension
A child is eligible if they receive:
- Family Tax Benefit Part A
- Carer Payment
- Disability Support Pension
- Parenting Payment
- Special Benefit
- Youth Allowance
- Financial assistance under the Veterans’ Children Education Scheme (VCES) and can’t be included as a dependent child for the purposes of Family Tax Benefit because they are 16 years or older, or
- Financial assistance under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (MRCAETS) and can’t be included as a dependent child for the purposes of Family Tax Benefit because they are 16 years or older.
You’ll get a letter to confirm the eligibility of your child for the CDBS if you are a parent or guardian of the child or on the list of approved care organisations. Older children who are receiving payments under their own name may also receive a letter.
To ensure that all eligible children can use their CDBS entitled benefits, make sure that your details are up to date with Medicare and Centrelink.
Medicare can be contacted by calling 132 011.
Centrelink can be contacted on 136 150.
The Bondi Dental Advantage
Bondi Dental is located in the Sydney area, at Bondi Beach. We offer high quality dental services to your family and friends. Bondi Dental offers free parking at the rear of the building.
We provide services under the Child Benefit Schedule.
Call on (02) 9365 7187 or simply book your appointment online.
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