So not 'public' so much as benefit dentists.
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28-04-2016 11:30 #81
28-04-2016 12:02 #82
There is 1 bulk billing dentist for my whole region. They are at the hospital and have 1 emergency appointment each day, otherwise the waiting time is 22 months. So nearly impossible to get timely dental treatment for free. Plus they do the bare minimum eg: pull a rotten tooth out.
No wonder so many people have terrible teeth. It's pathetic, should be at least partially subsidised by Medicare! Dental health has implications for the health of the whole body. We just paid $10k for DH to get 2 dental implants. If he didn't get it done now he was facing 30-50k of work down the track.
I see kids age 4 having to get rotten teeth pulled out. If dentists were covered by Medicare this would not be happening!
Sorry to derail. Rant over.
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28-04-2016 12:12 #83
They are generally termed public dental clinics for that reason. Usually 1 maybe 2 dentists attached to a public hospital left to service huge amounts of patients. It's not like drs who bulk bill low income but see everyone. You can't just go to any dentist and get it free when you show a HCC. There is generally 1 designated clinic, you get on the list and wait years sometimes.
28-04-2016 12:17 #84
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28-04-2016 12:48 #85
28-04-2016 12:54 #86
Just thought I add. That they only see bad cases too. For orthodontic. Ds1 has problems but since it doesn't affect his speech or eating they won't do anything.
28-04-2016 14:19 #87
What tricks has the government got up its sleeve for the budget?
28-04-2016 16:12 #88
In Melb we have ISIS for public dental. Kids up to 13 are free with HCC/pension; $35 for yearly check up and any work required otherwise.
Waits are usually 3 weekish for an appointment. More of a community health centre- not attached to hospitals.
28-04-2016 20:28 #89
Publicly funded dental care is an absolute joke in Australia. I think we should introduce a sugar tax, and then use that revenue to fund dental care.
Dental care should be partially funded under medicare, just like seeing the GP. The patient pays a gap, but the government pays the rest. A sugar tax would likely mean less trips to the dentist anyway,so the government would be doing themselves a favour!
28-04-2016 20:30 #90
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