Medicare Bulk Billing Cockburn Central
At Gateway Dental Centre, we offer a bulk billing service for children who are eligible for CDBS or Child Dental Benefits Schedule. This means that most of your essential treatments will not cost you anything out-of-pocket.
The Benefits of Medicare Bulk Billing
Bulk billing of dental services is not available to all patients in Australia. A patient must meet eligibility requirements set by Medicare, or the state government.
Frequently Asked Questions About Medicare Bulk Billing
Medicare Bulk Billing: Healthcare services financed by the government are covered under Medicare in Australia. Citizens of Australia and other groups are eligible for free access, and Medicare members need to present a membership card to obtain the service. Medicare cards are used for billing patients for medical consultations or other medical services, so there are no out-of-pocket expenses.
Private Billing: Patients who pay for medical treatments at their own expense are mixed billing. This can be divided proportionally with Medicare payments, with the ‘top up’ cost covered privately or by an insurance company.
Dentists set a price for the dental services they provide, and patients pay for the service out of their pocket. Patients who pay for their services in advance are responsible for getting a receipt from the provider and submitting it to Medicare to get the refund.
When your doctor bills Medicare directly and takes the Medicare benefit as complete payment for their services, this is known as “bulk billing.” This implies you won’t have to pay anything out of pocket. Bulk billing is billing Medicare for a group of consultation services at once. This means the practice invoices Medicare in bulk.
Children aged 2-17 years may be eligible to receive dental benefits for up to $1,000 in benefits under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
Services Australia assesses children’s eligibility for all services at the beginning of each calendar year. The recipient receives relevant government payments, like Family Tax Benefit Part A, at any point during the calendar year.
If the child meets the program’s requirements, a notification will be sent to the child or the child’s parent/guardian by e-mail or by post. The parent/guardian or the patient does not need to present the notification at the bulk billed appointment.
Some dental services are subject to claiming restrictions. These services are available in both public and private settings. You will not qualify for benefits if you undergo orthodontic or cosmetic dental work, nor can you be paid for any hospital-based services.
Medicare bulk billing is available to children under the Child Dental Benefits Scheme. Additionally, bulk billing dental services are available to all Veterans Affairs (VA) Gold Card holders.
- Dental examinations
- Dental x-ray
- Professional cleaning
- Fissure sealing
- Dental fillings
- Root canal therapy
- Tooth extraction
- Dentures (DVA only)
- Crowns/Implants (DVA only)