The Child Dental Benefits Scheme
Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS):
is a government funded dental health program which provides approximately 3 million Australian children (aged 2 – 17) with access to a benefit cap of up to $1,000 for basic dental services over a consecutive two-year period. Franklin Dental Care is happy to support all patients who are eligible for assistance under the CDBS.
The two-year period begins with your child’s first dental visit that is covered by the benefit. If you don’t use the entire $1,000 benefit in the first year, you can continue to access the balance of your child’s benefit in the second year – as long as your child is still eligible.
At the end of the two-year period, you cannot carry forward any remaining balance into the following year. You will have to begin a new two-year benefit cap period.
The CDBS covers a range of basic dental services*:
*The CDBS benefit is not available for cosmetic or orthodontic dental services.
To be eligible for the CDBS, your child must be aged between 2 and 17, be eligible for Medicare, and be receiving a Government payment (for you, your child or your teenage child’s partner) on at least 1 day within the calendar year. You should also have received a letter from Medicare advising you of your children’s eligibility for the CDBS.
No payments and no gap fees
Franklin Dental Care electronically bulk bills all general dental services which are covered by the CDBS – so you won’t have to submit a claim. There are also no gap fees unless you exceed the $1,000 limit within the two-year benefit cap period.