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Greens to campaign for universal, free dental care

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 24 May 2010

The Australian Greens will push for a national, universal public dental care scheme in the lead up to the federal election.

Around half a million Australians are already on waiting lists for urgent dental care, with a national average waiting period of over two years.

“Dental health is essential to good physical health and emotional well-being and it makes no sense for it to be excluded from our public health system,” said Australian Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

“The Greens will continue to campaign for a universal dental care scheme, operating as part of Medicare as a key priority in the lead up to and beyond the federal election.

“Current public dental services are struggling to treat almost half Australia’s population with less than 10% of the dentists.

“The Menzies Centre for Health Policy estimates that oral disease costs the Australian economy around $2 billion in direct costs and lost productivity.”

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