Child Dental Benefits Scheme mdicare for kids


The Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) is a dental benefits programme provided by the department of Human Services (Medicare) for eligible children aged 2-17 years offering a Medicare rebate on dental treatment.

Leichhardt Street Dental Practice offers access to the child dental benefits scheme to assist with the cost of raising a family.  We Bulk Bill (charge no gap) on treatments that are covered by the child dental benefits scheme (CDBS).  Dr Barbara Szylkarski has a family of her own and understands the pressures and joys of raising a family.


How does the Child Dental Benefits Scheme work?

The Medicare scheme provides basic dental services to children aged between 2 and 17 years.

Dental services are capped at $1000 over 2 consecutive calendar years.  When your child or teenager first receives a dental service, this 2 year cap period commences.

How do I know if my child is eligible for the CDBS?

To be eligible for the CDBS, your child must:

• be aged 2 to 17 years for at least 1 day of the calendar year

• be eligible for Medicare on the day of service

• get, or be part of a family getting, certain Australian Government payments.


Medicare will assess a child eligibility at the beginning of each calendar year.  It is important you check if you are eligible, or you can call us and we can check through our online health professionals online services connection with Medicare.  Medicare will notify you of your eligibility, however it is important to contact them if you think you are eligible and have not received notification.

Below is a list of usual eligibility requirements, however this can change and you must check with Medicare:

• If the child’s parent or guardian receive: Family Tax Benefit Part A, Parenting Payment or ABSTUDY.

• If the child receives: Family Tax Benefit Part A, Carer Payment, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment, Youth Allowance.


What treatment is covered by the CDBS?

The dental services that are covered focus on dental prevention and restoring damaged teeth.  If your child requires more advanced dental treatments such as paediatric crowns, sedation or hospital services, these are not covered.

Treatments include:




•fissure sealing


•root canals


How do I claim for dental treatment?

Prior to your appointment we will request your child’s Medicare card number and date of birth.  We connect online with Medicare and check  your child’s eligibility and the available balance remaining.

We are registered for bulk billing so you MUST bring your Medicare card with you to your appointment.  You can claim on the spot through our HICAPS terminal and there will be no more to pay.  If you forget your Medicare card, you will need to pay up front and then claim back from Medicare later.

At your first visits you will complete official Medicare forms, and receive an estimate of what Medicare will pay,  and an outline of any future dental treatment plan.

What if I have private health insurance?

It is not permitted to claim on both Medicare AND on your Private Health Insurance.  You must claim on one or the other.  However if the treatment is not covered by the CDBS or you have used up your limit and are now a private patient – you can claim on your Private Health Insurance.


Explore what we offer and learn about our Children’s dental services, we are honoured to look after your family.  Call us today for further information. (07) 3839 7279

SACM Dentist Brisbane Dentist Xrays


Are you eligible for Dental Treatment covered by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, SACM dental coverage?

Leichhardt Street Dental has been treating patients for many years, that are eligible for Dental Coverage from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, SACM.  Your initial appointment will involve a thorough dental examination and 2 bitewing x-rays.  With this information we are able to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that is eligible for payment by the SACM.  You can submit this treatment plan, or we can submit the plan on your behalf to the SACM.  Once SACM has given their approval for our Brisbane Dentist to perform the treatment, we can book in your appointments and complete your treatment.


Dr Barbara Szylkarski: ” I feel very blessed to have met so many families and their amazing children over the years and learnt so much about their culture.”


Leichhardt Street Dental Practice is a Brisbane Dentist located in Spring Hill close to the city. We have easy free parking right near our front door and it is very easy to get to our practice by car or public transport.  We have treated many families, husbands, wives and children at our Spring Hill Dental Practice.  We are a cosmetic focused practice as well as a health care focused dental practice.  Dr Barbara Szylkarski is a meticulous Australian trained Brisbane Dentist who has trained with world wide dental experts.  She also has a family of 3 children and understands the care and compassion that is essential to treating children and all family members.  She performs simple and complex cosmetic dentistry, crowns and white fillings and surgery to meet your expectations.  Once treatment is complete we claim through SACM directly based on the treatment guarantee provided by SACM.


We look forward to seeing you soon.

Please call to speak with our receptionist (07) 3839 7279 or contact us via message for a prompt reply.

HCF Dentist


Leichardt St Dental Practice is now an HCF dentist in Brisbane and part of the “More for Teeth Programme” provided by HCF not-for profit health insurance.

We are a fiercely independent dental practice as this has enabled us to provide high quality treatment and not be adversely influenced in our treatment choices.  We provide you with what you need to restore your teeth and maintain your dental health.  However in recent years there has been an increase in competition by some larger profit focused health based companies.

All our patients recognise the level of care we provide and ask us which health insurance they should choose.  Our decision to join HCF now gives our patients the choice to move to HCF health insurance and receive some preventive services with no gap.  We have found their level of fees for preventive services  to be consistent with our own fees, which means as an HCF dentist we won’t need to compromise the time we spend with you or the quality of your treatments.  We will continue to spend the necessary time with you and to use white filling materials from 3M and Porcelain materials from Ivoclar Vivadent due to the evidence based longevity of these materials.

Remember to bring your health fund card with you if you wish to claim at our practice as this can only be done on the day of treatment.  As an HCF dentist The HCF more for teeth programme provides no gap on most preventive services twice a year, depending on your level of cover.

Please call (07) 3839 7279  if you would like further information or feel free to visit us at our Brisbane dentist in Spring Hill and we can do a quote via our HICAPS facility so you know your rebate before you start.

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