The neglect of dental health by successive governments is a disgrace. There is irrefutable evidence that non treatment of dental issues can lead to serious illness in older persons.
Government policy must ensure that all older Australians are able to access dental care in a reasonable time frame.
For all retires eligible for a Health Care Card:
- Dental treatment to be covered by Medicare
- All dental treatments to be bulk billed by providers
- Annual dental examination and cleaning of teeth to be bulk billed to Medicare