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Greens unveil health package for Western Australia

Scott Ludlam 21 Aug 2013

"Caring for people's health is a priority for the Greens and that's why we're investing in the health of Western Australians," said Senator Di Natale.

"The Greens health package for Western Australia includes more than $150 million for the state's hospitals, with $50 million of that quarantined for rural and regional hospitals.

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Greens announce PBO-costed Denticare policy

Adam Bandt 13 Aug 2013

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, today announced the Greens costed policy for getting dental into Medicare.

“The Greens already delivered the foundations for Denticare and now we want to finish the job,” said Senator Di Natale

“From January, 3.4 million kids will be able to go to the dentist through a Medicare entitlement. And now the Greens have a fully-costed plan to expand the coverage of the entitlement over 5 years, until everyone is covered.

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Greens welcome dental entitlement bill

Christine Milne 12 Sep 2012

The Australian Greens today welcome the introduction of legislation to create a Medicare dental entitlement into the Parliament.

“Creating a new Medicare dental entitlement for kids is a huge win for the health of Australians and an investment in their future, and has come about because of the Greens’ agreement with the Gillard government,” said Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens.

“If Melbourne hadn’t voted Green in 2010, this massive investment in dental health wouldn’t exist,” said Adam Bandt, Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens.

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Better dental care for millions of Australians

The Australian Greens have secured almost $5 billion to provide millions of children with Medicare funded dentistry and to improve access to public dental care for low income adults and those in rural and remote areas.

"This package, the most significant reform of dental care in our nation's history, will put a smile on the faces of millions of Australians," said Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale.

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Dental Health

Senator DI NATALE

My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Health, Senator Ludwig. The report by the National Advisory Council on Dental Health was released, interestingly, at 5 pm yesterday. The report by some of the foremost experts on dental and public health highlights the shocking state of dental health in this country. The report advocates a transi­tion to a Commonwealth funded, universal dental scheme. Will the government commit to this goal of universal, Medicare funded dental care for all Australians?

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COAG report backs need for Denticare: Greens

Richard Di Natale 14 Jun 2012

Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that today’s report into health from the COAG Reform Council confirms the need for a national dental health scheme.

“This COAG report is evidence of why Australia needs a new national dental scheme.

“Nobody’s bank balance should determine their health, especially in a wealthy country like Australia. However the report confirms that the cost of dental treatment remains a major barrier to access for many Australians.”

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Australia ready for Denticare: Greens

Greens’ health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that the popularity of increased dental spending in last week’s budget reinforced the need for Denticare.

A poll by Essential Media has shown that 87% of respondents supported increased spending on dental health in the budget.

“I am not at all surprised that the dental investment secured by the Greens has resonated so much with the community,” said Senator Di Natale.

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