Plibersek warns CDDS plunge could hit patients' pockets

Labor last month said it would shut down the CDDS, first introduced by the Howard government, on 30 November and replace it with what it says is a more equitable dental scheme targeting 3.4 million children as well as pensioners and low income earners from 2014.

Although the CDDS would subsidise dental care for people with chronic disease up to 30 November, patients had to register by 8 September to qualify.

In the lead up to that cut-off date, a major dentist group, the Primary Health Care-controlled Primary Dental, posted a statement on its website urging