Tony Abbott naturally piously declares the Libs are the greatest thing ever since Moses came down with the tablets and that Labor is evil.
Here's Abbott attempting to spin their shitty fucked up kick poor people in the teeth dental plan.
For instance, last night's budget improved Medicare-funded dental treatment for people with chronic disease, substantially increased Medicare rebates for some medical specialists' services and continued to invest more in Aboriginal health. Even so, the Government has not relieved the states of their responsibility to provide public dentistry nor made a "no child shall live in poverty by 1990"-style pledge on Aboriginal health.
In 2004 the Government introduced up to three Medicare-funded dental consultations a year for people whose dental problems were exacerbating a chronic medical condition such as diabetes. Fewer patients than anticipated have benefited from this, mostly because the measure didn't cover the procedures that people with poor dental health typically needed.
After November 1, people with chronic and complex conditions whose poor oral health is likely to affect their general health will be eligible for an initial consultation plus subsequent Medicare-funded dental treatment (such as fillings, extractions, crowns and dentures) up to a limit of $2000 a year. The Government will immediately begin consultations with dentists on a fee schedule (probably based on the long-established veterans' arrangements). The new scheme is estimated to cost $378 million over the next four years and to benefit 200,000 people but, like other Medicare-funded benefits, this measure will be demand-driven and determined by clinical need rather than a fixed budget.
The new measure will help some of the 650,000 people on public dental waiting lists whom the states have let down. As old age or disability pensioners, many could be on GP-led team care plans and would be eligible for Medicare-funded dental treatment. Unlike Labor's proposal to give the states more money, the new measure reflects the Government's instinct, wherever possible, to fund primary health through Medicare on a fee-for-service basis.
See the SMH article here.
So Tonester who previously declared 'ONLY STATES MAY DO DENTISTS!' has changed it to 'NO, STATES MUST HELP TOO BUT WE'RE DOING, SO, SO MUCH!' And even then he is doing so, so little.
See how snakey highlights how much they are doing? See? Now let's see where the rider is.
"people with chronic and complex conditions whose poor oral health is likely to affect their general health will be eligible for an initial consultation plus subsequent Medicare-funded dental treatment (such as fillings, extractions, crowns and dentures) up to a limit of $2000 a year. "
So as noted, the people it helps on the 650,000 people waiting for public dental assistance, the people there largely because Abbott's compassionate lacking government scrapped the use of health cards for dental treatment, are those WHO HAVE OTHER HEALTH CONDITIONS WHERE THEIR ILLNESS IS AFFECTED BY THEIR TEETH.
If you just happen to have say an abscess or impacted wisdom teeth and go to sleep with a dull head ache and wake up with watery blood staining your pillow case then tough shit. That's up to the states.
Dress it up all you like Abbott. You could simply give anyone with a health card access to dental treatment. Sure it may cost more than your "... generous..." 378 million but all those people in searing agony could be assisted. And as someone who suffers chronic pain let me tell you it strongly impacts on your ability to eagerly embrace your work and non work life leading to low productivity, depression, and general unpleasantness.
Do not be fooled by Abbott and his grinning ilk as they take our money then drip it back to us in an ideologically fueled manner. Boot them to the curb at the election. People this twisted do not deserve government.