The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is a new government initiative introduced in January 2014 for eligible 2-17year olds. It entitles patients up to $1000 in dental benefits, which can be used in a private practice, to be used over a 2 consecutive calendar year period. It replaces the Teen Dental Voucher scheme.
Eligible children will be sent a letter from early January 2014 and can use their entitlement towards:
- fissure sealants
- root canals
- partial dentures
A child is eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule if:
- he or she is aged between 2-17 yrs old on any day in the calendar year; and
- is eligible for Medicare; and
- receives or is part of a family receiving a relevant Australian government payment such as Family Tax Benefit Part A.
For more information visit: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/childdental.