Spending cuts needed to pay for dental health scheme: Plibersek
The search for spending cuts follows further tax revenue writedowns, a drop in the prices for commodities, and a $2 billion blowout in processing the increase in asylum seeker claims.
It also comes after Ms Plibersek was last week forced to reject claims dental patients would end up waiting a year between the end of the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS) at the end of this year and the start date for its replacement in 2014.
Labor claims the CDDS had given generous dental rebates to the wealthy, and had been open to rorts, and says its compromise model finalised in collabortion with the Greens is a more equitable scheme.
Annual costs to administer the CDDS introduced during the Howard government had risen from $90 million to nearly $1 billion.
Ms Plibersek said the government had allocated $515.3 million in the May budget for when the new scheme is scheduled to begin on December 1.
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