The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has applauded last week’s announcement by the Turnbull Government and its Health Minister, Greg Hunt, to reinstate the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) cap to $1,000.
“Following discussions between Minister Hunt and the association, the minister has acted decisively. He is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to supporting the CDBS which is strong investment in early intervention for children’s dental heath,” ADA president Dr Hugo Sachs said.
“This is a terrific outcome. [The] announcement is an example of how the Senate, and the Australian Government have combined to support policy that has been proven to help these children access the care they need.
“We look forward to talking further with Minister Hunt to identify how the scheme can be better promoted in light of this decision.”
Two government reviews have confirmed the scheme is working to provide children in low income families access to dental care—though the ADA believes better promotion of the scheme is needed to ensure that more of the 3.4 million eligible children can receive the CDBS’ benefits.
The CDBS is a targeted scheme that will play a significant role in stopping the growing trend in recent years that has seen four out of 10 children aged five to 10, and three out of 10 children aged nine to 14, with decay in their baby and permanent teeth respectively.
Dr Sachs concluded: “The ADA would like to congratulate Minister Hunt and those senators that supported the move to reinstate the cap so that children from low income families can get the dental care they need.”