Funding uncertainty for public dental care over—for now

Funding uncertainty for public dental care over—for now

Funding uncertainty for public dental care is over, at least for now, with the Australian Government announcement today that the National Partnership Agreement on dental funding has been extended for 12 months.

While this extension is welcome, can Minister Hunt assure Australians who rely on public dental services that we won’t be facing the same uncertainty yet again this time next year?

Funding announcements that are delayed until less than 3 weeks before current funding expires represent extremely poor practice.

This destabilises health services, affects employment of staff and other contractual arrangements, and shows disdain for the needs of patients.

Now, more than ever, with so many people out of work or with reduced incomes, ensuring affordability and availability of dental health care is critical.

A longer-term vision for affordable dental health care is urgently required—and this must be more meaningful than the Minister’s claims today that affordability is supported through the Government’s subsidies for private health insurance.

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) is the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian healthcare system and national voice for universally accessible, high quality health care in Australia.

Media enquiries: Kylie Woolcock, Chief Executive, AHHA, 0410 625 830, [email protected] 

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