"The Coalition used its Senate majority – due to expire at the end of next week – to disallow abolition of Medicare Dental, established by the Howard Government.
The scheme offered up to $4250 over two years for people with chronic dental health problems.
It was forecast to cost $13 million over the next five years, and has already assisted more than 311,000 people.
The Government has argued the scheme isn't working and funding is needed instead for its new teen dental program.
Dental industry groups and leading dental health experts supported Coalition attempts to try to retain the scheme.
Government Senate manager Joe Ludwig said the present scheme was a failure."
Try telling that to the few hundred thousand people who will now suffer in silence and have their health deteriorate due to serious dental problems, all because Rudd refuses to commit a paltry $13 M over five years. It's loose change from the budget, yet a world of change to those assisted.