Axing of the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Medicare’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule may be axed on 1 July 2016

According to print and television media on the 11th and 12th of March 2016, the government funding for the current Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) will be axed from the 1st of July 2016.

If this occurs and without a replacement scheme, then about 3 million children, who are currently eligible to receive dental services under the CDBS, will have reduced access to the vital preventive treatment the CDBS currently offers.

It is however not too late! In spite of the Government’s plan to kill the CDBS, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) will be actively working to keep the CDBS operational. It is imperative that patients and everyone in the community also speak up and let their elected government representatives know of their opposition to the axing of funds to the CDBS.

We will keep all our patients informed about how to keep the CDBS alive… watch this space!