Improved access to public dental health will be welcomed by many Australians for whom a visit to the dentist provokes a reaction of fear and loathing – not at the actual treatment itself but at the bill presented upon completion. The Government is investing $53million over four years to provide support for 150 internship places targeted at public dental health facilities. This will in theory improve access to dental services for those on low incomes.
However, it should be noted that the much-maligned Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS) has been given a stay of execution only until 31 December 2011. The Government is determined to cease the CDDS with the Senate being its only obstacle.
So, with tongue in cheek, we suggest that should your teeth be on their last legs, get rid of them before 31 December.