A Senate Inquiry into palliative care has recommended that there be separate funding for palliative care, rather than it being included in general funding and subsidies.
DESPITE the best efforts of campaigners, the Lower House voted to close the Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme.
WE HAVE the beginning of an Australia-wide universal dental health scheme. The Gillard Government has honoured its agreement to the Greens, who in 2010 made dental reform a condition for their support of the Gillard Government.
PALLIATIVE care (care for people with a terminal illness) is cheaper than hospital care, has been shown to provide better quality of life for people who are dying, and is what most dying people want.