Medicare have recently started the Child Dental Benefit Scheme, which allows eligible patients between the ages of 2 – 17, up to $1000 for dental treatment over a 2 year period.
This scheme replaces the Medicare Teen Dental Voucher, and is available to families on family tax benefit A. To check eligibility, you can phone Medicare.
The rebates that Medicare will give are based on their fee schedule. For dentists who bulk bill, there will be no out of pocket expenses, and in some cases, your Medicare card can be swiped on the day so that you do not have to pay. Some dentists may not bulk bill, or have the facilities to claim on the day, in which case you would need to pay in full, and claim back off Medicare.
It is important to know how your dentist is operating around the scheme, so that you can know what to expect, as there is no requirement in private practice to organise any of it.
From our point of view, it is a great initiative from the government and it shows a great understanding and importance of an early intervention mentality, in terms of catching the problems early and educating young people as to how to prevent problems in the future. Most of the problems we see in adults are preventable, however people lacked the knowledge they needed to prevent them.
At Riverina Smiles, we fully support the CDBS with bulk billing and Medicare claim access at the front desk so that you won’t have any out of pocket expenses (provided your child is covered).
We hope this information has been helpful for you.
If you are interested in finding out if you are eligible or want to book your child in, please get in touch with us!
The team at Riverina Smiles