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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.
All families try to ensure that their children are happy and healthy, and healthy children are also key to Australia’s future. The healthy development of a child is one of the priorities of parents everywhere.
Dental health is a key foundation of overall health and the early years of a child’s life can be critically important in supporting a high level of dental hygiene and establishing good dental habits.
This is why Q1 Dental is happy to report that the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), which protects some 3 million Australian Children, has been extended for 2017. At Q1 Dental we are looking forward to working with are you and your children, by offering services under the CDBS!
Updates on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule
Entering 2017 the CDBS was to be capped at $700, but on the 8th of February it was announced that the CDBS benefit cap entitlement under the CDBS was pushed back up to $1,000. This means that all eligible children will continue to have access to a benefit cap of $1,000 over a two-year period.
Australian Dental Association President Dr. Hugo Sachs, was happy with the decision. “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.
Who is Covered?
To be eligible, you must be:
- Aged between 2 and 17 for at least 1 day of the calendar year
- Eligible for Medicare, and
- Getting one of the payments listed below for at least 1 day of the calendar year.
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) in some cases, or
- Financial assistance under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (MRCAETS) in some cases
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.
If this list is too daunting, be sure to contact us at Q1 Dental and we will help you sort out the eligibility of your child.
What is Services are Available?
Use of the $1000 CDBS funds will be granted for the following dental treatments and procedures:
- Oral examination
- Routine dental cleaning
- Root canal
- Fissure sealing
Treatments beyond the ‘basic’ level are not covered, including orthodontics and cosmetic treatment. This includes teeth alignment correction (braces), teeth whitening, crowns and bridges, dental veneers, etc. In addition, dental services provided by hospitals are not covered.
Visit Us at Q1 Dental in Melbourne
At Q1 Dental our training and experience can help you, your children, your entire family, and your friends! For more information about CBDS, visit our Child Dental Benefits Schedule page.
The Q1 Dental practice is conveniently located in St. Kilda Road Towers at No. 1 Queens Road in the heart of the St. Kilda Road business precinct. We are near public transport and mere minutes from the Melbourne CBD.
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Child Dental Benefit Schedule
- Bulk Bill Child Dental Benefit Schedule up to $1,000
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