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Child dental benefit cap welcomed

Posted 09 February 2017

The VHA applauds this week’s decision by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to restore the $1,000 dental funding cap for Australian children, CEO Tom Symondson said today.

Late last year the VHA called on then Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley to reinstate the funding and seek clarity for Victorians missing out on all-important dental care after the government reduced the two year maximum amount claimable per child under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme from $1,000 to $700. But there was still more work to be done, he said.

“While we are pleased that the Federal Government has restored the cap for claimable dental items under the CDBS to $1000 over a two year period, the government has not restored funding under the National Partnership Agreement on Adult Public Dental Services.

"This funding was reduced to $107 million per year, down from $155 million per year in 2016 and $391 million per year previously," Mr Symondson said. 

The National Partnership Agreement on Adult Public Dental Services received a significant cut to $107 million per year for the next three years, down from an initial commitment of $391 million per year, which had already been reduced to $155m in 2016.

"Poor oral health and access to dental care are critical public health issues. We urge the government to act on preventive health so that Victorian adults who can least afford dental care can receive it."


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