The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is an Australian government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for basic dental services for eligible children from 0 to 17 years. The program aims to promote good oral health habits and ensure children have access to essential dental care. Under the CDBS, eligible children receive a benefit entitlement of up to $1,052 over a two-year period, which can be used for a range of dental services, including examinations, X-rays, cleaning, fillings, and extractions. The program helps alleviate the financial burden of dental expenses for families and encourages regular dental check-ups, preventive care, and early intervention, which ultimately contributes to better long-term oral health outcomes for children.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Who is eligible for the CDBS?
To be eligible for the CDBS, a child must be aged between 0 and 17 years, be eligible for Medicare, and receive certain government benefits such as Family Tax Benefit Part A, Disability Support Pension, or Carer Payment.
What services are covered under the CDBS?
The CDBS covers a range of dental services, including examinations, X-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals, extractions, and partial dentures. Orthodontic and cosmetic dental procedures are not covered.
Can I use the CDBS in conjunction with private health insurance?
Yes, you can use the CDBS in conjunction with private health insurance. However, you cannot claim the same dental service from both the CDBS and your private health insurance.