Pensioners welcome dental reform

“CPSA welcomes the announcement that an extra $4 billion will be injected into a dental reform package”, said Research/Policy Officer, Amelia Christie.

“This is a positive step to addressing one of the greatest areas of health inequality within Australia.

“Access to adequate dental for all Australians is something that has been overlooked for too long with adults on low incomes, such as pensions, almost 60 times more likely to have no teeth than those on high incomes.

“The public dental waiting list currently stands at 500,000, yet only 10 per cent of dentists work in the public sector.

“The direct and indirect cost of poor oral health to the economy is estimated at between $1.3 and $2 billion annually,” said Ms Christie.

Media Contact: Amelia Christie, Research/Policy Officer
0410 612 182

CPSA represents pensioners of all ages, superannuants and low-income retirees. CPSA has 139 Branches and Affiliated Organisations, with a combined membership of over 29,000 people.