Media Release – Greens launch new Denticare scheme

Greens candidate for Shortland, Phillipa Parsons has endorsed the Australian Greens’ universal ‘Denticare’ scheme launched yesterday, saying that the Greens would use a stronger voice in federal parliament to push for increased funding for public dental health.

A national Galaxy poll of over 1000 people shows that 82% of Australians would support the federal government establishing a universal dental care scheme.

“I am proud to support the Greens Denticare scheme launched by Senator Bob Brown,” said Ms Parsons

“The Greens Denticare system would provide much needed relief to the 500,000+ Australians who are on dental waiting lists. Improving access to dental care services would improve the lives of many people living in Shortland, especially considering that this electorate has a lower than average median household income,” she said.

“People on low incomes who can’t afford high private dentist fees endure waits of 12 months or longer to see a public dentist. There is a deep divide when it comes to dental care – those who can afford private dental care and those who languish on public waiting lists.

“The Greens Senators will move to establish a universal basic dental health care scheme that would become part of Medicare. The scheme has been costed at around $4.3 billion, but would deliver health costs savings of $2.3 billion.

“I urge other candidates to pledge their support to the Greens’ Denticare scheme,” said Ms Parsons.

Contact: Phillipa Parsons 0414 427 135

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