Denticare

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.

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. 

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

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Three shockers make a bad Budget for health

04 May 2016

Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale says Scott Morrison's 4-year fiscal plan won't please anyone who values a quality health system.

"This Budget attacks universal dental care, cuts millions out of frontline health services, and contains a Medicare co-payment by stealth," Senator Di Natale said.

 

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Liberals' dental shocker undermines universal care

23 Apr 2016

The Greens have rejected the Liberals' pre-election promise to change Australia's publicly funded dental care program, warning it will limit patient access.

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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.

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Dental Health Reform

29 Aug 2013

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

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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.

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