The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), along with seven other health organisations, is urging the government to improve dental services for both children and adults.
Julie Barker, president of the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists' Association (ADOHTA), said in an August 13 statement that dental services have always been "a weak link in the Australian health system".
She added that many Australians cannot access "timely dental care," especially those who belong to disadvantaged groups.
Gordon Gregory of the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) confirmed that Australians are paying too much for dental services, "on average 60 cents in the dollar of costs".
That's why it's absolutely essential the government continues to build on its dental care programs, such as Grow Up Smiling (GUS), so that these services are available to and affordable for everyone.
GUS is set to be introduced in January 2014, and will provide $3.4 million in dental care benefits to children aged between 2 and 17.
The government's dental care package will direct funding toward about 67 per cent of all Australian children, particularly those who belong to families that are unable to afford private care. It will also aid the 30 per cent of Australian adults who have the lowest annual incomes.
This means that not every Australian is eligible to receive dental services under this new package.
So, if you require dental services, you may want to take out a health insurance policy. This can cover some of the costs of dental treatment, depending on the level of cover chosen.
HICA can provide you with an obligation-free quote and help you choose from a wide range health funds with a health insurance comparison.