The Australian Dental Association recently congratulated Labor for its announcement to allocate $2.4 billion to a Pensioner Dental Plan and is calling for the Liberal Party to match the funding commitment.
The ADA said it believed Bill Shorten’s announcement would go a long way to addressing the issue of older Australians accessing dental care.
Under the Labor Plan, people receiving an Age Pension or holding a Commonwealth Seniors card will receive $1000 in dental care every two years.
This means a range of dental services including examinations, X-rays, cleaning, fluoride treatment, fillings, root canals, extractions, periodontal treatment and dentures would be covered, and delivered either through the patient’s chosen private dentist or through public services.
“This funding will go a long way to addressing many of the dental concerns of up to three million older Australians,” ADA president Dr Carmelo Bonanno said.
To date, the Liberals have not committed funds for additional dental care for older Australians, and the ADA is pressing them to put their cards on the table.
“We would like to see more from the Liberals on what they intend to do, to address the issue of affordability for a significant proportion of the Australian population,” Dr Bonanno said.
“Can they deliver a similar benefit?
“The election represents a crossroad for the major political parties in terms of how they can improve publicly funded dental care, and we are keen to see whether the Liberal party steps up,” Dr Bonanno added.
This article sourced from an ADA press release.