The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on the 1st of January 2014. It aims to provide benefits for basic dental services to around 3 million kids aged between 2-17 years of age. Establishing good oral health habits amongst children in this age group is of vital importance as it sets the benchmark for healthy teeth for the rest of their life. This is one of the main reasons that Kite Street Dental has been active in the program as you would be surprised at the number of adult patients that come in wishing they had access to a dentist as a child and had taken better care of their teeth.
As we head into the upcoming election the Australian government has announced that it will be scrapping the scheme in its current form and shifting these services to the grossly underserviced public dental system. Current waiting lists for patients to be seen in the public system can be over 12 months long meaning this shift will place an increasing burden on an already stressed system. The long-term effect of this will undoubtedly mean less access to dental treatment for Australian children.
The Australian Dental Association is campaigning heavily to try and save the CDBS. They are in talks with the government and health bodies to keep this vital service in its current form and are asking members of the public to get on board and sign their petition which can be found at: change.org/savetheCDBS
Currently the scheme is due to end as of 1st of July 2016, If any patients have questions or wish to utilize this service before the scheme ends Contact Us or give us a call on (02) 6362 8770. To check to see if you children are eligible for treatment under the CDBS head to Child Dental Benefits Schedule for more information.