CONFUSED about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule? Toothkind Jimboomba have got you covered.
“This scheme allows for examination, preventative and early intervention treatment to be provided to catch and treat any problems before they become a huge burden on the child’s health,” practice manager Roslyn Andersen said.
“Research has proven that children who are regular dental attenders continue into adulthood far more dentally healthy than those who do not.
“This scheme gives each eligible child the best start in life for dental health and will cover costs associated with dental emergencies and pain relief.
“These days, no child should have to expect to suffer continued dental pain.”
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How much dental work can my children have?
On February, 2017, the Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced that the benefit cap entitlement under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule will be reinstated to $1000 after earlier changes capped it at $700.
All eligible children will continue to have access to a benefit cap of $1000 over a two calendar year period.
What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is a dental benefits program for eligible children aged two to 17 years that provides up to $1000 in benefits to the child for basic dental services.
Services that receive a benefit under the program include examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals, extractions and partial dentures.
Many of these services have claiming restrictions. Services can be provided in a public or private setting.
Which children are eligible for dental services?
The Department of Human Services assesses a child’s eligibility from the start of each calendar year.
A child is eligible if they are eligible for Medicare, aged two to 17 years at any point in the calendar year and receive a relevant Australian government payment, such as Family Tax Benefit Part A at any point in the calendar year.
A notification of eligibility will be sent to the child or the child’s parent/guardian either electronically, or by post.
This letter may be presented by the patient to the practice at the time of their appointment.
Routine checks are performed throughout the year to determine newly eligible children. Most children will be notified of their eligibility at the beginning of the year.
How long does eligibility last?
Once a child has been assessed as eligible, they are eligible for that entire calendar year – even if they turn 18, or stop receiving the relevant government payment.
However, they must be eligible for Medicare on the day the service is provided.
- For more information and to check your child’s eligibility call Toothkind.