THE Opposition has joined general practice’s criticism of the federal budget, saying it risks sacrificing vital patient care for an “artificial surplus”.
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HEALTH Minister Tanya Plibersek has rejected claims dental patients must wait a year between the end of one dental scheme and the start of another as the AMA said the new system would ultimately ease pressures on GPs.
Health Minister Tanya Plibersek has warned people joining a last minute rush for the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS) may be left with big bills if their treatment is not finished by the program’s last day.
Doctors have praised the federal government’s $4 billion dental plan but the federal opposition has warned many chronic disease patients may be left without support.
JUST days after the Greens relaunched their much-vaunted $5 billion a year universal dental scheme, Health Minister Nicola Roxon has effectively shot it down.
HEALTH economists have predicted heavy cuts to the PBS and MBS in next month’s federal budget as Prime Minister Julia Gillard again restated her government’s promise to deliver a budget surplus by 2013. The warnings follow the announcement of a number of measures designed to add more scrutiny to health spending. These have included the recent crackdown on the much maligned Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS), the deferral of PBS-listing for a number of drugs and the Government’s negotiations with the pathology industry to find further savings. The CDDS has been a Government target since revelations that ...