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The Bill you’ve already paid for

Bill Shorten is offering free dental health services in a $2.3 billion dollar promise when these services already exist in NSW.

Don’t be fooled by pea and thimble tricks from the Bill We Can’t Afford’. Labor is promising to unnecessarily spend $2,300 million of YOUR money.

NSW public oral health services are provided only to a proportion of the community who meet an eligibility criteria. This criteria is outlined in more detail in the NSW Health Policy for Eligibility of Persons for Public Oral Health Care.

Approximately 47% of the NSW population is eligible for public oral health services. The NSW criteria of eligibility for public dental services are more generous than most other States and Territories.

The following eligibility requirements are needed in order for adults to be receive non-admitted oral health care in the NSW public sector :

  • Normally reside within the boundary of the Local Health District providing the care, and;
  • Be eligible for Medicare, and;
  • Be 18 years of age or older, and;
  • Hold, or be listed as a dependent on, one of the following valid Australian Government concession cards:
  • Health Care Card
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

Note that holders of the State Seniors Card are not eligible for care unless they also hold one of the other concession cards listed above.