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Higher fees for dentists treating veterans

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Media Release The Hon Bruce Scott MP Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Federal Member for Maranoa

; 6/98

28 January 1998


Dentists and dental prosthetists will receive significantly higher fees for providing services to members o f the veteran community, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bmce Scott, announced today.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has worked closely with the Interdepartmental Committee for Fees and Allowances (IDCFA) to develop a new fee structure for the payment o f services to veterans and other patients.

“This is the first significant change in fees paid to dentists and dental prosthetists for services to veterans, since the mid-1980s.

“The new fees represent an overall increase o f around 15 per cent, and have taken . effect from January 1, 1998.

“Fees are now in line with general market rates, ensuring continued access to top quality dental services for veterans and war widows.

“This is further proof of the Government’s commitment to honouring the sacrifices made by our veterans and war widows,” the Minister said.

Media contact: Melissa McKerihan (02) 6277 7820 or 0419 607 783