Dental scheme to end when Govt can pass legislation

THE Government has reaffirmed its commitment to scrapping the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme as soon as it can muster the numbers to pass the required legislation.

A spokesman for Health Minister Nicola Roxon said the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme would continue, even though the Government viewed it as a waste of money, with the Coalition having opposed Government efforts in Parliament to abolish the program.

The Government announced in March that Medicare had a list of 50 GPs who would be audited based on their use of the scheme, along with a crackdown on dentists, with Human Services Minister Tanya Plibersek