$4billion buff for our teeth
Gladstone families are set to benefit from a new federally funded Dental Health Care Reform.
Last week Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced the $4 billion scheme, which will see $2.7 billion injected into the children's oral health care over the next six years.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule will award those eligible for Family Tax Benefit A with $1000 worth of subsidised dental treatment over a two year period.
The new health care reform will also benefit low-income earning adults and pensioners with $1.3 billion up for grabs.
"We will have a generation of kids for whom going to the dentist is as easy as going to the doctor,'' Ms Plibersek said. The agreement comes in light of Labor's partnership with the Greens and will replace the existing chronic disease dental scheme.
One Dental Group dentist Dr David Fortier said it would encouraged parents to take their kids to the dentist sooner rather than later.
The scheme is set to replace the existing Medicare Teen Dental Plan and save the government $337 million over the budget period. The government has also planned to inject more funding into the development for more dental surgeries in rural or regional towns.
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians Paediatric and Child Health Division also welcomed the scheme, claiming it's lobbying for the scheme had finally paid off.
"Improved access to dental services for children and young people is essential to address one of the biggest healthcare inequities in Australia," Associate Professor Sharon Goldfeld said.