Affordable dental care for pensioners

Pensioners and concession card holders are set to benefit from easier access to affordable dental care under a $4 billion Dental Health Reform package announced by the Federal Government.

As part of the six-year package, which is in addition to the funding announced in the 2012-13 Federal Budget, around 1.4 million extra services will be provided for adults on low incomes. This includes pensioners, concessions card holders and those with special needs. The package will provide better access to dental care in the public system.

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

Written by Debbie McTaggart