Dentists' claims on dental scheme to be re-audited

Labor wants to shut down the Howard-era CDDS in favour of what it says is a more equitable dental scheme, and has instigated the wide-reaching audit of dentists who have claimed MBS rebates under CDDS.

So far the audit has found 66 of 95 dentists non-compliant, mostly because of administrative errors. Almost half, 46, have been ordered to pay back $21.5 million.

The Opposition and dentists have accused the government of a witch-hunt to justify closing down the scheme. Medicare officials have told the Senate they have no discretion once a dentist is found

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