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Increasing medical costs will force Newstart recipients into impossible choices


The Australian Greens said today that increasing out of pocket medical expenses will be forcing people on Newstart to go without essential health care, dental care and medicines because they can’t afford them.

“The Consumers Health Forum has found that Australians are paying an average of $1075 per year in out of pocket medical expenses. There is just no way a person on Newstart can pay this when they’re living more than $130 per week below the poverty line,” Senator Siewert said today.

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WA to benefit as Greens secure biggest reform for dental health in a generation

Rachel Siewert 7 May 2012


 Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Senator for WA says the Greens have successfully negotiated for an overhaul of Australia’s dental system beginning with an immediate cash injection to combat public dental waiting lists.

 Greens leader Christine Milne, Health spokesperson Senator Richard Di Natale and Greens MP Adam Bandt announced the package today.

 "The Greens have been working towards dental reform for many years and I am very pleased with today's announcement and what it will mean for people across WA," Senator Siewert said.

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First dental steps promising – Greens

Rachel Siewert 10 May 2011

The Australian Greens say the first steps have been taken towards a national dental care scheme, with the Government making an initial commitment in tonight’s budget.

“This $53 million down payment on national dental care is a promising start to what will be a significant change to Australia’s health care system,” Australian Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said tonight.

“This $53 million investment will benefit low income earners in the public health system.

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Denticare's first steps must be included in budget: Greens

Rachel Siewert 7 May 2011

The Australian Greens continue to push for action on dental care to be included in Tuesday's budget.

"We need to see some action from the Government as a down-payment on their committment to improve Australia's dental health," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens health spokesperson said today.

"This was a key part of our post-election agreement with the ALP," said Senator Siewert.

"Improved national dental care has the capacity to dramatically improve the health of millions of Australians, and we've been working hard towards that outcome.

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Joint Press Conference - Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, and Greens health spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert – in Canberra today

Bob Brown 11 Feb 2011

Senator Bob Brown and Senator Rachel Siewert urge state and federal leaders to boost mental health services and work towards a national, universal public dental care scheme.

Senator Brown also vows to take on Rio Tinto, whose profit bonanza will benefit its more than 70-percent foreign shareholders, and other heavyweights as companies prepare to fight efforts to develop an alternative to coal and the Greens’ push to put an effective price on carbon.

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Greens lead the way on a national preventative health agenda

Rachel Siewert 17 Aug 2010

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has used a Public Health Association of Australia forum in Perth today to outline Greens’ suite of health policies ahead of Saturday’s election.

Senator Siewert also launched the Greens’ Dementia Initiative, identifying the disorder as the single leading cause of disability in older Australians.

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Greens push for ongoing health reform negotiations

Rachel Siewert 12 May 2010

The Australian Greens are urging the Government to continue negotiations which would expand the $7.3 billion health reform package by including overhauls to aged care, dental and mental health services.

"The Greens will continue to promote sensible and constructive action, expanding the Government's plan to see long awaited reforms for the aged care sector, action on mental health and the implementation of a national dental health care system," Australian Greens Health Spokesperson Rachel Siewert said today.

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