Posts Tagged ‘Medicare’

Australian dental patients urge the government to do more to make treatment accessible and affordable

Australian dental patients urge the government to do more to make treatment accessible and affordable

Dental patients in Australia are urging the government to do more to make treatment affordable and accessible after a survey revealed that 1 in 5 Australians are not receiving a suitable standard of oral care. A petition has been launched online to include dental care in the Medicare programme and many patients have taken to […]


Coonamble Residents Facing Lengthy Trip To See A Dentist

Coonamble Residents Facing Lengthy Trip To See A Dentist

Residents in Coonamble will be forced to travel long distances to see a dentist as a result of the cessation of the Chronic Dental Disease Scheme. The Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service managed to encourage dentist to work in the rural practice in July and the post was funded by Medicare; however, just a few months […]


Pressure for New Dental Scheme Mounting as Budget Day Looms

Pressure for New Dental Scheme Mounting as Budget Day Looms

Pressure is mounting on the Australian government to commit to a new universal dental scheme, as budget day looms. The budget will be delivered next week and ministers are under increasing pressure to approve funding for a new dental system, which would improve access to dental care. The government is also under pressure from dentists […]


Greens Preparing Dental Trade-off Deal

Greens Preparing Dental Trade-off Deal

The Australian Green Party is preparing to accept a trade-off deal in order to push through plans for a universal dental scheme. The Greens were planning to veto a tax increase on wealthy citizens without private medical insurance, worth $170 million, but they have agreed to drop the veto if the government agrees to introduce […]


Abbott Describes New Dental Scheme as Aspirational

Abbott Describes New Dental Scheme as Aspirational

Tony Abbott, leader of the opposition party in Australia, has described new schemes for dental services and insurance for disabled people as aspirational. Speaking in Canberra, Mr Abbott said that the notions to introduce a new dental scheme and an insurance scheme for disabled people were worthwhile, but it would be impossible to seriously consider […]


Australian Dentists Angry Over Fraud Claims

Australian Dentists Angry Over Fraud Claims

Hundreds of Australian dentists have reacted angrily, to claims that they have defrauded the Medicare system. The government has announced that hundreds of dentists will be investigated, after Medicare discovered that dentists had claimed for work that had not been carried out. The claims relate to the Medicare chronic disease scheme, which allows dentists to […]


Greens holding out for a deal on dental care

Greens holding out for a deal on dental care

The Australian Green Party is holding out for a deal on dental care, which could cost the government millions of dollars. When the Labor party did not win a majority vote, they asked the Green Party to come on board to form¬† coalition government; at the time, the Green party proposed four key policies they […]


Australian Green Party announce new plans for dental care

Australian Green Party announce new plans for dental care

The Green Party have announced a new universal dental health policy as part of their election campaign. The leader of the Green Party, Bob Brown, believes that a new universal policy would help to improve standards of oral health, as well as saving millions of dollars in medical costs each year. Mr Brown, a former […]


Australian PM blasts opposition leader over dental scheme

Australian PM blasts opposition leader over dental scheme

The new Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard has launched a ferocious attack on the opposition leader, Tony Abbott over a proposed dental scheme. Ms Gillard criticised Mr Abbot and accused him of blocking the introduction of a Commonwealth dental scheme, which was proposed and approved at the last election. The government has not put this […]


Welfare groups unite to push for new dental scheme

Welfare groups unite to push for new dental scheme

Welfare and patient support groups are uniting to push for a new dental scheme in Australia. The groups are trying to encourage ministers and politicians to include dental care as a major election issue, with many citizens in Australia suffering from poor oral health as a result of a lack of access to affordable dental […]