Dental health next on Govt reform agenda

DENTISTS have been put on notice that they will not be spared in the Gillard Government’s continued push for health reforms.

In the recent Federal Budget, along with restating its intention to scrap the contentious Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS), Labor indicated “significant reforms to dental health will be a priority for the 2012–13 Budget”. 

The move is in line with the Gillard Government’s agreement with the Greens – who have long advocated a universal Denticare scheme. 

An advisory council will be established to guide dental health reform.

Australian Dental Association CEO Robert Boyd-Boland said while the association never supported the CDDS, the lack of an alternative was a concern.

“When this scheme was sought to be closed on previous occasions, there was very little notice given and no guarantee from the Minister that people would be able to continue their