- Give all Australians access to Dental care under Medicare.
- Phase in over 5 years, starting with the most needy.
- Make going to the dentist just like going to the doctor.
- Be affordable - Denticare is fully costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office.
Read our Denticare policy in full here.
In 2012, the Greens negotiated a new national dental health scheme worth nearly $5 billion over the next 6 years, bringing Medicare-funded dentistry to 3.4 million children. We also secured $1.3 billion for extra public services hundreds of millions more for new dental infrastructure. This is the biggest boost to dental health Australia has seen.
- $2.7 billion to give Medicare-style dental care to all kids aged 2-17 in FTB-A families, starting 1 January 2014.
- $1.3 billion for a massive expansion in the public dental system.
- $515 million already allocated to tackle waiting lists, invest in oral health promotion and boost the dental workforce.
- An extra $225 million in flexible grants for infrastructure and services in rural and remote and indigenous communities.
Soon, thanks to the Greens, taking your child to the dentist will be as easy as taking them to the GP. If you've got a concession card, you'll have much better access to public dental care because the massive funding boost will slash dental waiting lists.
The Greens remain committed to a dental health scheme that is universal, so that every Australian can receive dental health care no matter their financial circumstances. The new reform package is the next step on the path towards a universal Denticare scheme. 3.4 million young Australians will now have access via an individual
entitlement. The Greens will continue to work to expand this entitlement over time until all Australians can go to the dentist in the same way they go to the doctor.