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 povide 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 enables eligible children to receive treatments such as examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fillings and root canal treatment with no out of pocket expense.
"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 period starts on January 1st and ends on the 31st December the following year. Any unclaimed amounts are lost at the end of the 2 years.
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 eligible children under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule so there is no out of pocket expense.
So you will have no out of pocket expenses up to the first $1000 of your child's treatment.
If you would like to find out if your child is eligible or to book an appointment call Jess on 07 5443 2800 to make an appointment.