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Child Dental Benefits Schedule
Financial support for basic dental services for children aged between 2 and 17 years.
- aged between 2 and 17 years on any one day of the calendar year
- receiving certain government benefits such as Family Tax Benefit Part A for at least part of the calendar year
- eligible for Medicare
You may get a letter to confirm your eligibility for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule if you are an:
- eligible child
- eligible family
- approved care organisation
Benefits for basic dental services are capped at $1,000 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years. If you do not use all of the $1,000 benefit in the first year of eligibility, it can be used in the second year if you remain eligible. You cannot access any remaining benefit after the end of the second year.
Benefits will cover a range of services including:
- fissure sealing
- root canals
Benefits aren’t available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and can’t be paid for any services provided in a hospital.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule services won’t count towards the Medicare Safety Net or the Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds.
How to use the schedule
How to use the Child Dental Benefits Schedule:
- You can confirm eligibility and balance amount using your Medicare online account through myGov or call the Medicare general enquiries line.
- Make an appointment with either a private or public dental provider and let them know you or your child are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
- At the time of the appointment, the dental provider must discuss the child’s treatment and any associated costs with you before providing the services. After this has been discussed, you’ll need to sign a consent form.
- When the dental provider has provided the agreed services, they will either bulk bill or charge you for the services. If they charge you, you need to pay the account and claim from Medicare.
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