Medicare Child Dental Benefits Scheme – what is it, and who is eligible?

June 30, 2017

Martina Lavery Dental & Skin Studio is proud to participate in Medicare Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS ). CDBS is a scheme devised by Australian government, providing better access to dental services for children – in private or public setting.


Department of Human Services assesses for CDBS legibility. As a general guide – children between ages of 2 and 17 years are eligible for benefits if they have Medicare and receive a relevant Australian governement payment (for example Family Tax Benefit Part A).

Children are entitled for up to $1000 worth of dental services which include examinations, cleaning, x rays, fillings, root canals, fissure sealing, extractions and partial dentures. The $1000 limit applies for two consecutive years. The scheme doesn’t cover orthodontic dental work, cosmetic dental work or any services provided in a hospital.

If your child is eligible, you will receive notification from Department of Human Services – electronically or in post. This notification can be used as proof of legibility at the time of child’s dental appointment at our practice. The dental services will be bulk billed – meaning that we will claim payment for dental services directly from Medicare.

To book your child’s appointment, call us on 02 9688 7898.
For more information, visit CDBS page on Department of Human Services site. 

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