Health Minister Tanya Plibersek has proposed a new plan to introduce a landmark dental scheme possibly by 2014, a recent report finds. But, opposition leader Tony Abbott along with many others has been strictly asking rejection of the same.
Varied questions are being raised by these people, including how the money for the same would be arranged. The budget is already shaken up and such a step is not possible unless and until the same regains its strength. Though, Ms. Plibersek has been affirming that the plan is to improve access to government-funded dental care.
She says that children as well as disadvantaged adults would all be equally and largely benefitted with the new scheme. Even health experts are backing her since, sometime ago, Labor had failed to raise funds for dental treatment of those under aged care and the mentally ill.
The government said that no axing would be seen in the budget, however, two existing schemes would be cancelled. Also, the package for children and low income adults would only be funded further with $4 billion. But, Mr. Abbott says the existing scheme is working well and does not need amendment. "I don't think the way to improve dental health is to axe the existing Medicare scheme", he said.
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