Politics is bad for the health - October 2013

Publication: Bite magazine

"Rich Kids / Poor Kids"
Freelance journalist: Chris Sheedy / THE HARD WORD
1500 words

Changes to included Medicare item numbers in the Grow Up Smiling rules are likely to cause more problems than solutions, dental specialists say. We asked the Department of Health and Ageing what they were thinking. 
New regulations announced for the Grow Up Smiling child dental benefits schedule have been accused by some thought leaders in the dental field of being a step backwards. It’s a turning back of time, they say, from a system that was leaning towards supporting preventive dentistry to one that virtually enforces invasive treatment and serious future oral health issues onto lower income families...