You might have heard in the news that the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) has been reprieved. For the foreseeable future at least.
This is very good news.
The Child Dental Benefits scheme was originally introduced in January of 2014. Aiming to provide up to $1000 of basic dental treatment and services to eligible children in Australia over a 2 year period.
It is open to children aged between 2 and 17 years old. Whose parents receive an Australian government payment such as Family Tax Benefit A.
It also enables eligible children to have up to $1000 of examinations, X-rays and cleaning. As well as treatment like fillings and root canals with no out of pocket expenses.
However as the end of 2016 approached serious thought was given by the government to scrap the CDBS. On account of it not being taken up as much as they had hoped.
Thankfully it has been saved.
“As there are no out of pocket expenses it is really important to take advantage of the $1000 Child Dental Benefits Scheme entitlement”
How The CDBS Works
As there are no out of pocket expenses it is really important to take advantage of the $1000 Child Dental Benefits Scheme entitlement.
The 2 year cap period starts on the day you first make a claim and ends on the 31st December of the following year.
Any unused eligible amount outstanding after that date will be lost.
If your child has $200 of dental treatment on January 10th 2017, you will still be eligible to claim a maximum of $800 worth of services on their behalf at Sunshine Coast Smile Centre.
You can do this at no cost to you, until 31st December 2018. After that you will lose the entitlement.
The $1000 limit is per child.
So if you have 3 children they would be all entitled to a maximum of $1000 worth of dental treatments each.
The CDBS at Sunshine Coast Smile Centre
If your children are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule we can treat them at out Cotton Tree practice.
As well as our team of highly skilled and experienced dentists we also have an Oral Health Therapist. Lisa Spence, who is an expert in dealing with children’s dental needs.
At Sunshine Coast Smile Centre we bulk bill under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
So you will have no out of pocket expenses up to the first $1000 of your child’s treatment.
If you would like to take advantage of this benefit please call Jess on 07 5443 2800 to make an appointment.