Geoff Buttfield Posted October 1, 2012 Share Posted October 1, 2012 The government intends closing down dental medicare for chronic disease. More than half of the men who develop metastatic disease take bone protection like Zometa. Dental health is extremely important on Zometa. (Prostate cancer is considered a chronic disease.) Click on this sentence to sign the petition. PROTECT DENTAL MEDICARE FOR PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC DISEASE TO: FEDERAL INDEPENDENTS, GREENS, MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND AGEING, GOVERNMENT PARLIAMENTARIANS Dear Federal Parliamentarian Please protect the health of people with chronic disease, by not closing a Medicare scheme that funds medically necessary dental treatment. We ask you to do this by supporting the Coalition's disallowance motion against the Government's intention to close the Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme. Why is this important? Many people with chronic disease such as diabetes, cancer, mental health problems, immune compromise or bleeding disorders, cannot afford private dentistry, and rely on the Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme to pay for dentistry to protect their health. Government plans to close this scheme immediately, and send patients with chronic disease back to the public dental waiting list. Government intends only a 30% increased public dental spending, which is very much less than would be needed to satisfy even current demand, so people with chronic disease will not receive timely or comprehensive care needed. The Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme has been very successful, with 1.5 million Australians treated. It has a low complaint rate of just one complaint per 1,500 patients. The Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme forms a sensible basis for expansion to eventually include the entire Australian population under dental Medicare. Click on this sentence to sign the petition. Category: Socia Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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