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Greens defend universal healthcare

Richard Di Natale 8 Feb 2012

The Australian Greens today called for the government to split its private health reforms so that bills to means test the private health insurance rebate and the Medicare levy surcharge could be voted on independently.

“One of the key goals of health policy is to deliver healthcare to those who most need it at the lowest possible cost,” said Greens’ health spokesperson Dr Richard Di Natale.

“Forcing people into private health insurance through taxpayer subsidies doesn’t just advantage people on higher incomes it makes healthcare more expensive overall.

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Tony Abbott’s magic pudding is no good for your teeth

Richard Di Natale 3 Feb 2012

Greens’ spokesperson for dental health, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that Tony Abbott’s aspirations for Denticare are toothless.

“Tony Abbott wants credit for the Greens’ Denticare plan but his magic pudding can’t deliver,” said Senator Di Natale.

“His magic pudding budget would be the death of Denticare, which means more decay, more infection and more tooth extractions for desperate Australians who can’t afford to see a dentist.

“You don’t have to drill too deep to see a gaping cavity in Tony Abbott’s economic credibility.

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Abbott backs Greens’ dental plan but fails to put money where his mouth is

Richard Di Natale 31 Jan 2012

Greens’ spokesperson for dental health, Senator Richard Di Natale, has welcomed Tony Abbott’s backing of the Greens’ Denticare plan, but says that the Australian people want a commitment, not just aspirations.

“I am pleased to see that the Greens’ plan to bring dental treatment into Medicare is something that Tony Abbott aspires to - but he needs to put his money where his mouth is.

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Greens caution Plibersek on dental reform

Richard Di Natale 14 Dec 2011

Greens’ spokesperson for health, Senator Richard Di Natale has congratulated Tanya Plibersek on her appointment as Minister for Health, but has cautioned her on dental reform.

“I very much look forward to working with Minister Plibersek and I am pleased to see that she has flagged dental reform as a priority for the government.

“We agree with Minister Plibersek that the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme needs reform, but I would caution the Minister against trying to close down the scheme.

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New research backs Denticare: Greens

Richard Di Natale 14 Nov 2011

Greens’ spokesperson for health, Senator Richard Di Natale, has welcomed new research which backs the Greens’ Denticare policy.

The Association for the Promotion of Oral Health has today released research which shows that Medicare Dental becomes less expensive over time.

“This research demonstrates that the Greens’ Denticare policy is sustainable and economically responsible.

“As the research shows, the cost of Denticare would shrink once the system has overcome the comprehensive treatment required to deal with the poor oral health of Australians.

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Denticare - dental care for everyone.


Millions of Australians can’t afford to see a dentist.

Untreated dental disease affects people’s health and wellbeing.

The Greens’ plan to bring dental care into Medicare means the mouth is treated like any other part of the body.

Dental health care in crisis 

Australia's oral health is poor. A third of people say they can’t afford to go to the dentist, or delay going to the dentist because of the cost. This results in an unnecessary burden on the health system. 7-10% of GP visits are due untreated dental problems. 

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