The pitiful state of public dental care in Victoria, courtesy of Dental Health Services Victoria:
The situation (if you click on the link) is similar for children. Most Australians are simply not eligible.
Given that dental problems can, if not treated properly, develop into far more serious (and, ultimately, much more expensive) problems, why is it that you can’t bulk bill dental care? Why is it that the poor – which includes people without health care cards – cannot reasonably get treatment, and are encouraged to leave their problem until it becomes extremely serious?
What is the reason for the distinction between dental care and other medical care (also underfunded, but at least covered by Medicare)? And, most importantly, when will a Health Minister simply end it? It’s not impossible. Other countries cover dental care in their national health schemes. It can’t seriously be beyond us.
Sorry, sorry. I forgot – we’re too busy panicking about a couple of thousand asylum seekers to pay attention to something that actually affects every single one of us. Carry on.
(Next: why the hell can’t the deaf get hearing aids?)