Denticare is the Greens' fully costed plan to bring dental care into Medicare.

  • Phase one of Denticare is complete. See our Denticare for Kids information page to see if your child is eligible.
  • Australia's oral health is poor and getting worse. Less than half of Australians have good oral health and dental visiting patterns, largely due to the high cost of dental treatment, and a third of people say they can't afford to go to the dentist. 
  • Untreated dental disease has has huge impacts on people and on our health system. Up to 10% of GP visits are due to poor dental health, and more than 60,000 potentially avoidable hospital visits a year are due to dental issues.
  • Bringing dental into Medicare will improve the health of Australians, boost productivity and enhance the quality of life of millions of people.
  • Last year the Greens achieved phase one of Denticare: more than $4 billion to implement Denticare for Kids and extra public dental funding.

Denticare will:

  • 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.

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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.

This means:

  • $2.7 billion for Denticare for Kids, a Greens initiative giving 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.

Latest on Denticare


Tony Abbott takes a big bite out of dental funding

16 May 2014

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that the Abbott Government’s heartless budget is extracting $619 million of hard-won funding for dental health.


Dental Health Reform

29 Aug 2013

The Greens have secured an almost $5 billion investment into the dental health of millions of Australians.


Greens unveil health package for Western Australia

21 Aug 2013

Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, joined WA Senator Scott Ludlam in Perth today to unveil a package of health policies for Western Australia.


Greens dental plan already helps 139,107 families in Western Australia – and the best is yet to come

13 Aug 2013

The Greens have already secured dental care reforms to help more than 139,000 Western Australian families and today announced a fully-costed plan to improve dental care for all Australians.


Abbott’s aspirations on dental mean at least a decade of inaction

01 Feb 2012

Greens’ spokesperson for dental health, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that Tony Abbott recognises the need for dental reform, but his plan is to delay action for at least a decade. “Yesterday Tony Abbott was singing from the Greens’ song sheet when he spoke of the need for Medicare funded dental treatment. The difference is, we are committed to action.

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