The Government previously announced its intention to close the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) to take effect from 1 July 2016. The $2.7 billion Commonwealth-funded program, launched in January 2014, was supposed to make way for the Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme, a $2.1 billion project to be established over 5 years, but it was reinstated when parliament recently decided against the change.

If you are not familiar with CDBS, and how it affects you, we have put together a “Frequently Asked Questions” segment to keep you up to speed:

The Child Dental Benefit Schedule is still available for eligible children! Claim up to $1,000 in dental services. Call and book an appointment today!

What is the CDBS about?

Under the CDBS scheme, eligible children aged 2-17 are entitled to claim up to $1000 per child to pay for dental services (for eligible children). The CDBS provides capped benefits for a range of dental services including oral examinations, cleaning, fillings, root canals, extractions, and x-rays. The scheme does not cover more advanced treatments like orthodontics (braces) and cosmetic/restorative dentistry (i.e. Teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental bonding, crowns and bridges, implants, etc.). Likewise, dental services provided at the hospital – or dental emergency room – will not be covered under the program.

Is there an expiry date on my claim?

The benefits are claimable over a 2-year period. The period commences at the beginning of the calendar year and not from the date of the first appointment.

How will I be affected by the closure of CDBS?

If you have received a letter from the Australian Government confirming your child’s eligibility for the CDBS scheme, that means your child can claim up to $1000 to pay for his or her dental treatments, as specified above.

How can I claim the benefits?

On the day of the appointment, simply present the letter of eligibility and your Medicare card to our receptionist. We then contact Medicare to determine your CDBS eligibility status and balance amount. As long as you have sufficient funds in the account, your payment can be processed on the spot. You will not be asked to fill in any forms or be put through a cumbersome registration process.

In the event that you have lost the eligibility letter, we can still check with Medicare account to determine your balance or make payment deductions.

Will I have any out-of-pocket treatment costs?

Your claims will be bulk-billed via Medicare. If your funds are enough to cover the dental fees, you will not be required to make any out-of-pocket payments. No co-payment or submission of Medicare claim is required under CDBS. You may also request for printouts of your account details showing the current deductions made and available balance funds.

How do I check my child’s eligibility?

If you are unsure about your child’s eligibility, you may contact the Australian Government Department of Human Services on 132011or visit: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/child-dental-benefits-schedule

If your child is eligible for CDBS, you can claim up to $1,000 of dental services. Just call Albany Dental at (07) 3264 9540 and we’ll take care of the rest!