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Labor and Greens deliver dental pain for Canberra



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SENATOR GARY HUMPHRIES Liberal Senator for the Australian Capital Territory Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Materiel

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LABOR AND GREENS DELIVER DENTAL PAIN FOR CANBERRA Tuesday 22 JAN 2013

Thousands of the most vulnerable Canberrans will suffer as a result of the Greens siding with Labor to scrap the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS), ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries says.

The scheme, which provided Medicare dental treatment to people suffering chronic diseases, was dumped last year just before Christmas.

“In the last three years almost 8000 Canberrans have accessed the scheme - Canberrans who needed extensive dental work but who could not otherwise have afforded it.

"In future, people like this, who are already struggling, will be hit with more costs.

“Thousands of Canberrans that relied on this vital assistance will either have to fork out more money or compromise their dental health - and I fear that many will find themselves resorting to the latter”, Senator Humphries said.

Labor has stated that a new system will be introduced but the new, un-costed promise will not be in effect until 2014.

“The CDDS has been shut down without thinking about what to do in the interim - and those in need are going to be 19 months without anything.

“Given Wayne Swan has backed away from a budget surplus, he should immediately reinstate this essential program,” Senator Humphries concluded.

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