At Parkmore Family Dental, we can help you check if your child is eligible for the Medicare Child Dental Benefit Scheme and we can bulk bill their treatment if eligible with no out of pocket gap payment.
Financial support for basic dental services for children aged 2–17.
Eligibility basics: children aged between 2 –17 years on any one day of the calendar year receive, or their family, guardian or carer receives, certain government benefits such as Family Tax Benefit Part A for at least part of the calendar year are eligible for Medicare
Eligibility for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule
From January 2014, eligible families, teenagers and approved care organisations will receive a letter to confirm eligibility.
A child’s eligibility is assessed at the beginning of each year and lasts the whole calendar year. A child is eligible if they are aged 2–17 years for at least 1 day of the calendar year, are eligible for Medicare and are either part of a family receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A or one of the following Australian Government payments:
- Youth Allowance
- Disability Support Pension
- Parenting Payment
- 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 or over
- Eligibility is determined each calendar year.
Benefits available under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule
In 2018, benefits for basic dental services are capped at $1,000 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years.
If you do not use all of your $1,000 benefit in the first year of eligibility, you can use it in the second year if you are still eligible. Any remaining balance will not be carried forward at the end of the second year.
Benefits will cover a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions.
Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule services will not count towards the Medicare Safety Net or the Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds.
Process for using the Child Dental Benefits Schedule
You can confirm your child’s eligibility and balance amount by accessing your Medicare online account at my.gov.au or calling the Medicare general enquiries line on 132 011. Alternatively, you can let us help you check if your child is eligible by contacting us at Parkmore Family Dental, your local dentist in Keysborough.