Millions of Australians can't afford to see a dentist. More than 60,000 avoidable hospital visits are caused by untreated dental problems every year - along with thousands more visits to the GP. We know why: one in three people say they can't afford to go to the dentist, or delay going to the dentist because of the cost. Low income earners, Indigenous people and those who live outside major cities are by far the hardest hit.
The Greens have secured an additional $165 million investment in dental health. This is a big win and the first step to making dental care part of Medicare.
Our campaign for Denticare is gaining momentum. Already more than 5000 people have joined our call on the Treasurer to make dental care part of Medicare in this year's Budget. Let's keep the pressure on - if you haven't already - sign the petition here.