Dental scheme end takes pressure off GPs: AMA

The federal government last week cleared the final hurdle to shut down the controversial Howard-era Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS) after a last minute Opposition bill to save it failed.

Labor, which said the CDDS had given generous dental rebates to the wealthy, and had been open to rorts, is now set to shut it down by the end of the year and introduce what it says is a more equitable scheme from January 2014 for children before it is expanded.

Opposition health spokesman Peter Dutton has said the timing of the transition to the scheme – which the Greens have touted as a path to its Denticare proposal

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