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Child Dental Benefit Schedule

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The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a Medicare program covering examinations, x-rays, cleanings, root canals, extractions, and other dental procedures.

What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)?

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a Medicare program covering examinations, x-rays, cleanings, root canals, extractions, and other dental procedures. Medicare may cover some dental services for children, in part or in full, if you qualify for specific payments. However, orthodontic and aesthetic dental treatments, as well as hospital care, are not covered.

For eligible children, CDBS benefits will be capped at $1,000 over two years. Treatment at Magical Smiles can be paid for using CDBS payments. The $1,000 can be entirely utilised at once or over two years. For the same therapy, health fund payments and CDBS cannot be combined.

What Dental Treatments are Covered?

Under the CDBS, Medicare will cover up to $1,000 in basic dental services over the course of two calendar years. The services covered include:

The services that are not covered are all of the following:

Gap Free Children's Dental Care

Are you eligible for up to $1,013 of free dental care under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule? We can check for you. 

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule supports families without health fund cover by covering eligible children with up to $1,013 in basic services every 2 years. This includes examinations, x-rays, cleanings, fissure sealants, fillings, extractions and root canals.

FAQs About Child Dental benefit Schedule

There is no need to register or apply for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). If your child is qualified, Medicare will send you a letter. Your child can get CDBS if:

  1. Medicare covers them,
  2. they are between the ages of 2 and 17 on at least one day that year, and
  3. you or they get an eligible payment, such as Veterans’ Children Education Scheme (VCES) or Family Tax Benefit A payments, at least once that year.

You can be either the child’s:

  1. parent or guardian, or
  2. approved care organisation.

In the first year, you can use the entire $1,000 allowance. It means there will be no cash available for the following year. You can utilise the remaining $1,000 in the second year if you don’t use it all in the first. If your child is still qualified in the second year, you can use it.

You won’t be able to spend the leftover funds if you don’t use the entire amount within two calendar years. You’ll have to wait for a new two-year period of coverage to begin. Once your child is no longer eligible, you won’t be able to spend any remaining funds.

Let us know if you’d want to use CDBS while making an appointment at Magical Smiles. Find out how close you are to the balance cap, as this will affect your benefit amount. Our dentist will check your child’s eligibility for benefits during their appointment. During your appointment, discuss the cost of each service and whether CDBS would pay it. If you agree to the services and the price, we will give you a consent document to sign.

Once your dental treatment is completed, you will receive a bill for payment. You can then use the Express Plus Medicare mobile app, your Medicare online account through myGov, or a Medicare Claim form that can be sent or dropped off at a service centre to claim a CDBS benefit. You will get the benefit through your bank account once Medicare has approved your claim.

Medicare verifies if your child is qualified for dental benefits every January and they keep checking throughout the year. Medicare will send you a letter if your children are eligible. You can check your Medicare online account through myGov or call the Medicare program line to confirm.

Your Safety Is Our Top Priority!

We would like to take some time to let you know that we always follow strict universal infection control standards, and patient safety and the safety of our team is our priority.

The risk of exposure to the virus in our dental surgery is extremely low. We are an accredited dental practice and maintain the highest quality of care and standards at all times irrespective of any outbreaks such as Coronavirus.

We sterilise our instruments and disinfect all clinical and reception areas after each patient to prevent any risk of cross-contamination. Our staff are fully trained and certified to do this to the highest standards.

What Specifically Are We Doing at Our Practice to Protect Patients?

Our strict protocol includes our receptionists establishing in advance if patients:

  • Have any symptoms including fever/history of fever and shortness of breath or a cough or a sore throat.
  • They have travelled overseas or interstate in the last 2 weeks.
  • Been in close contact with anyone who has had confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) or who has been in a health facility treating them.
  • Visited any exposure sites or high risk area as per Healthy WA

We would like to ask patients who have travelled to high-risk zones and exposure sites within the last 2 weeks to postpone non-urgent general dental treatment, if in doubt please call us on 03 8373 0996.

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