Why Our Dentists Offer the Child Dental Benefits Schedule
Our dentists care about your children’s teeth and oral health. When we heard about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, we knew we had to let you know about this wonderful initiative. If you care about your child’s dental health, then you should contact us to take advantage of this incredible offer!
Receive $1000 for your paediatric dentistry treatments with the new Child Dental Benefits Schedule!
The Australian Government is assisting approximately 3.4 million children improve their dental health via a new Government funded dental scheme. The Child Dental Benefits Schedule offers dentistry help to children aged between 2 and 17 years.
Patients are given $1000 to use on dental treatments over a two year period.*
What does the Child Dental Benefits Schedule cover?
Dental services covered by the Child Dental Benefits Schedule include
- Dental check-ups
- Teeth cleaning
- Fissure seals
- Root canal treatment
- Partial dentures
Who is eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule and how long does it last?
The Government Scheme commenced January 1st, 2014 and is available to all eligible families with children between the ages of 2 and 17 years. You can receive written notification from the Australian Government from early 2014. Please bring this to your appointment, as this is not a voucher for service. We will check eligibility before commencement of any treatment. Children must be eligible for Medicare and the family must be in receipt of Tax Benefit Part A or receive Government payments.
Eligible families include those who receive the following:
- Youth Allowance
- Parenting Payment
- Disability Support Pension
- Special Benefit
- Carer Payment
- Double Orphan Pension
- Veteran’s Children Education Scheme, if the child is 16 or over
- Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme, if the child is 16+
Your child is eligible for the scheme throughout the entire calendar year. Regardless of whether your child is turning 2 or 18 throughout the year, they will still be eligible that year and for the full year. If for some reason your family stops receiving government benefits, your child is still entitled to the Child Benefit Scheme, as long as you received government funding for some part of the year.
Will all Dentists accept Child Dental Benefits Schedule patients?
At all My Dental Health locations, we accept patients under the Child Benefits Schedule. You can visit us at Martin Place Dental Health, Pyrmont Dental Health, and Sydney Dental Health. However, not all dentists can see patients under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
Dentists and Dental Specialists in either the public or private dental sectors, must hold general or specialist registration as a dentist with the Dental Board of Australia. In addition, they must hold a Medicare provider number to be eligible and offer services to Child Dental Benefits Schedule patients.
At My Dental Health, we can check patient eligibility by contacting the Department of Human Services for you. We can also determine whether your child has any remaining benefits’ balance at each appointment.
Can I use my private health insurance with Child Dental Benefits Schedule services?
Unfortunately, patients with private health insurance are unable to claim benefits from both their health fund and the Child Dental Benefits Schedule for the same treatment. However, you can still use private health insurance for other services not covered by the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
Terms & Conditions associated with the Child Schedule of Benefits
Patients can use their full benefits within the first year if required. However, additional benefits will not be made available in the second year.
If you do not use the $1000 benefit within the first year, it will roll over to your second year for future use.
If you do not use the $1000 in the 2 year time period, any remaining benefits cannot be carried over to the following year.
*Please Note: The two year period commences at the start of the calendar year, not from the first appointment date.
If your child is eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, feel free to make an appointment at one of our conveniently located Sydney practices: