Provide Dental Medicare for People with Chronic Disease

To: Federal Government Parliamentarians

Provide Dental Medicare for People with Chronic Disease
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Please protect the health of people who suffer chronic disease by providing a Medicare program that funds medically necessary dental service.

We ask you to do this by reinstating the Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme, which provided Medicare rebates for comprehensive dental care for 1.5 million people with chronic medical conditions between November 2007 and August 2012.

We also ask that the restored scheme have improved administration and regulation, compared with that which ran from 2007 to 2012.

Why is this important?

Many people with chronic disease such as diabetes, cancer, mental health problems, immune compromise or bleeding disorders, cannot afford private dentistry, and between 2007 and 2012 relied on the Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme to pay for dentistry to protect their health.

Government has closed this scheme, and plans to send patients with chronic disease back to the public dental waiting list.

Government intends only a 30% increased public dental spending starting in 2014, which is very much less than would be needed to satisfy even current demand, so people with chronic disease will not receive timely or comprehensive care needed.

The Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme was very successful, with 1.5 million Australians treated. It had a low complaint rate of just one complaint per 1,500 patients.

The Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme formed a sensible basis for expansion to eventually include the entire Australian population under dental Medicare.

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Reasons for signing

  • Kylie A. 2015-03-23 10:38:16 +1100
    Because people who usually have chronic illnesses can't work to sustain the cost of dental care.
  • Sandra K. 2014-10-18 01:22:50 +1100
    Being Type 1 Diabetic has caused too many dental issues to mention. Don't have the essential $$$ to fix. Please reinstate.
  • Annie D. 2014-09-14 09:40:59 +1000
    because i am one of the 1.5million that used to be on it and i need dentist work desperately and i can not afford to even go to the public dentist.