Former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Pans Greens Party Push for Universal Dental Care

Former deputy chief medical officer, Dr. Nick Coatsworth, has pushed back on a Greens proposal to absorb dental care into Medicare so all Australians can go to the dentist for free.

Australia’s universal healthcare system Medicare provides free or subsidised doctor visits and emergency care, but generally doesn’t cover trips to the dentist.

Queensland Greens member for Griffith Max Chandler-Mather pushed free dental care in a post on X amid debate in federal parliament about tax cuts.

Mr. Chandler-Mather believes that even those earning more than $200,000 would support free dental care.

“What would you choose? 1) Bring dental into Medicare so everyone can go to the dentist for free or 2) Spend $84 billion giving ppl earning over $200k a $4,500 a year tax cut? Labor chose tax cuts for politicians and billionaires. I reckon the public would prefer free dental,” Mr. Chandler-Mather said.

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