Affordable Dentist for Brisbane Kids & Veterans – Federal Government Subsidised Dentistry
On 1 January 2014 the Australian Government introduced the Child Dental Benefits Schedule or CDBS to provide financial assistance to eligible families for ‘basic’ dental services for children aged between 2 and 17 years. The CDBS replaces the Medicare Teen Dental Plan which ceased operation on 31 December 2013.
Your Brisbane child is eligible if they are aged between 2-17 years at any point in the calendar year and receive a relevant Australian government payment at any point in the calendar year.
The CDBS provides Access to up to $1000 in benefits, capped over a two year calendar period that can be used for these dental services. The entire benefit cap of $1000 can be used in the first year if necessary. If there is a balance remaining in the benefit cap in the second year, this can only be accessed if the child is eligible in the second year. It is important that if you have accessed some of your benefits and change dentists that you tell the new dentist that some treatment has already proceeded.
A further aspect of the program is consent. An eligible patient’s parent or guardian will be presented with a treatment plan including likely treatment, costs, billing arrangements, and approximate out of pocket costs and treatment cannot proceed until consent is given.
CDBS services are quite wide but are not completely comprehensive. Most patients will find its schedule of services more than adequate, but there will be the occasional difficulty due to some limitations.
The scheme is being administered by Medicare Australia. CDBS patients are warmly welcomed, please call our friendly reception team on 0732692443
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Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Free Dental Scheme
Holders of DVA Gold Cards are welcome patients at Robert Duhig Dental. DVA patients are not obligated to pay a gap between DVA fees and practice fees. DVA patients are able to access most dental services, although there are restrictions on the frequency of particular items such as Dentures. More complicated Crown and Bridge procedures are allowed within a particular dollar limit per year.
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