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.
WE ALL hope to make our own decisions about our lives. But illness or accidents can mean that we may need to rely on other people to make decisions about our welfare, finances or medical treatment.