Government's new dental scheme no substitute for CDBS
Apr 26, 2016 — Over the weekend, the government announced plans to replace the CDBS with the Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme (caPDS), claiming it represents a significant increase in funding covering a far greater number of Australians, all of whom will be treated through the public heathcare system. However, the amount allocated to the new scheme is manifestly inadequate to treat the increased number of people and will mean, particularly in rural and remote areas where government-funded clinics are thin on the ground, that there will be more people, not less, missing out on the dental services they need.
The ADA still maintains that the CDBS is the best way to ensure that children receive the vital dental care they need, and that it should be used as a model for delivering publicly-funded to other disadvantaged groups such as the elderly, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those from rural and remote areas.
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