Dentists welcome moves to stand up for children's dental health
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) welcomes the Senate’s decisive move to disallow the Australian Government’s reduction of the amount that low income children can claim for treatment under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). The Australian Government late last year indicated that they planned to reduce the amount disadvantaged families can claim for their children’s dental care by 30%; from $1,000 to $700 / 2 years.
“The ADA is pleased that the motion to disallow has been raised in the Senate”, stated Dr Hugo Sachs, President of the ADA. “The CDBS is a good scheme that should not have its funding cap reduced”.
“The CDBS has been subject to two government reviews; both of which said that this scheme has helped children in low income families access dental care. The reviews also indicated that uptake would be greater if it was better promoted.”
The CDBS is a proven investment in early intervention for disadvantaged children’s dental health. The CDBS is redressing the growing trend in recent years that has seen 4 out of 10 children aged 5 -10 and 3 out of 10 children aged 9 -14 having decay in their baby and permanent teeth respectively.
“If the motion to disallow the reduction in the cap fails”, added Dr Sachs, “more than 1 in 4 children who use the Scheme - around 250,000 children - will not get all of their treatment needs met. They will be worse off.”
Dr Sachs concluded, “The ADA urges all Senators to support this motion and show that in 2017 there will be no reduction in support for children’s dental health”.