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Healthy teeth are an essential, not a luxury

Dental care is too expensive. People are putting off going to the dentist, and we’re seeing preventable dental issues get worse over time, causing lifelong health issues that can become serious illnesses.

Each year two million Australians delay or don’t go to the dentist because they can’t afford it.

Getting dental into Medicare is unfinished business for the Greens. In the 2010 power-sharing Parliament we got dental into Medicare for 3.4 million children and now we want it for everyone else too.

Everyone should be able to use their Medicare card when they go to the dentist, just like when they go to the doctor. That's why it’s time to get dental into Medicare.

The Greens plan includes:

  • Provide Medicare-funded free dental care to all, accessible through your Medicare card so everyone can visit the dentist when they need to
  • Train the next generation of dentists through fee-free university to enable the expansion of dental care for all