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Dental boost will make older Australians smile

On 29 August the Federal Government and the Greens announced a $4 billion Dental Health Reform package.

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f”>media release, COTA CEO Ian Yates, said recognition of the oral health needs of older Australians was well overdue.

Pensioners and concession card holders in particular, are set to benefit from easier access to affordable dental care under the six-year package, with around 1.4 million extra services will be provided for adults on low incomes. The package will provide better access to dental care in the public system.

This reform package is in addition to the funding announced in the 2012-13 Federal Budget.

The $1.3 billion

to expand public dental services for adults on low incomes will be provided to states and territories under a National Partnership Agreement.

Legislation is expected to be passed during the current session, and the Dental Health Reform Package will replace the Medicare Teen Dental Plan and the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme.

To find out more about the package, visit Health.gov.au

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