For eligible people, the Howard government gave Medicare rebates on three dental treatments a year, which was increased to $4250 over a two-year period at the end of 2007. The scheme assisted people with chronic conditions or complex needs. I figure not many people would be eligible, with, no doubt, stringent criteria.
This week Rudd has axed the program.
Doctors and dentists were notified, patients were not.
The scheme is scheduled to end for new patients on March 30 (yes, that would be in six days) and for others on June 30.
No public announcements.
Next on their agenda is reviewing what they believe to be the over-funding of metal health services.