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Narrowing the inequality gap in oral health and dental care in Australia

18 Nov 2004
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In this report John Spencer shows that 41 per cent of health card holders avoided or delayed accessing dental care because of cost, while 31 per cent waited more than six months for an appointment.

These figures compare with 17 per cent and 0.4 per cent respectively for affluent Australians. To address the inequality gap he proposes six reforms: extending the coverage of water fluoridation; engaging in health promotion; revitalising school dental services; reforming public dental services; reshaping funding arrangements for public dental care; and expanding the dental labour force.

 

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