Dental report displays need for universal dental care

“The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s report Adult oral health and dental visiting in Australia released today displays the need for dental care to be incorporated into Medicare,” said Senior Policy Advisor, Amelia Christie.

“The findings reiterate that those on low incomes, particularly those receiving a Centrelink benefit are unable to access sufficient dental services due to the cost.

“Centrelink Healthcare Cardholders were more likely than non-cardholders to report they would have difficulty paying a $150 dental bill (42.3% compared with 12.5%) and to have avoided or delayed visiting a dentist due to the cost (43% compared with 27.3%).[1]

“CPSA calls on the new Government to reinstate the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme, which Mr Abbott introduced when he was Health Minister, as a step towards dental care being included under Medicare,” said Ms Christie.

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CPSA represents pensioners of all ages, superannuants and low-income retirees. CPSA has over 125 Branches and Affiliated Organisations, with a combined membership of over 30,000 people.