Everything you need to know about the Child Dental Benefit Scheme
The Child Dental Benefit Scheme was commenced by the Australian government on 1st January 2014 as a means to provide access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3 million children in the age group of 2-17 years. The Child Dental Benefit Scheme has proven to be a gem of a scheme for the kids as it provides benefits for a range of dental services, right from examinations to fillings to root canals to fissure sealing to cleaning and further extractions. However, under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme Canberra no benefits are provided for cosmetic dental work or orthodontic work. Similarly, under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme Canberra, no money can be paid for any services which are provided in a hospital. Children who are eligible under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme Canberra can avail benefits of up to $1,000 for over a two calendar year period.
What is the eligibility criteria for children to receive dental benefits under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme?
The first eligibility criteria for children is that they must be aged between 2-17 years. It is also necessary that their family must receive family tax benefit Part A or other relevant Australian Government payment. If you want to check if your family is eligible to receive benefits under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme then you can do so by contact the Department of Human Services. If you intend to know more about the Child Dental Benefit Scheme Canberra, then you can do the same by visiting the official website of the Department of Human Services.
What’s covered under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme?
Under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme Canberra, you can avail basic dental benefits of up to $1,000 for over 2 calendars years. These basic dental services cover everything right from check-ups to cleaning to filings to root canals to extractions to X-rays to fissure sealings. It also needs to be noted that there are some restrictions for basic dental services under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme Canberra and it would be in your best interests to check the same with your dentist to figure out if there are any item or time restrictions before you begin using the services under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme Canberra.
For how much time can the benefits be availed?
Benefits can be availed under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme Canberra for over 2 consecutive calendar years. This 2 year period will usually start at the beginning of the year in which your child both
- becomes eligible
- gets his or her first dental service
You can use dental benefits of up to $1,000 howsoever you please. You can either use it fully in the first year or you can use it in the second year. One thing you need to note that you can only use the benefits in the second year if your child remains eligible in the second year. If somehow, you don’t end up using the full amount in the 2 calendar years then you won’t be able to use the remaining years and you will have to wait for an entirely new 2 year cover period to begin. You again need to note that once your child is no longer eligible you won’t be able to use any of the remaining funds.
The Bottom Line
You can claim benefits under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme when you book an appointment with a dentist. Keep an eye out on how close you are to the $1,000 cap limit and then you will know the amount for which you can avail benefits. If you have no idea how much amount is left then you can either check your Medicare online account or you can call the Medicare genuine inquiries line. Or you can always ask the dentist to check your child’s available benefit amount at the appointment.