Local families among hardest hit if child dental benefits scrapped
FAMILIES in Coffs Harbour will be hit hard by Malcolm Turnbull's move to axe the Child Dental Benefits Scheme, according to Labor Senator Jenny McAllister.
Labor figures show Coffs Harbour families are one of the highest users of the scheme with 24,169 services being provided to children since the scheme commenced.
"These cuts will have a devastating impact on the young families in Coffs Harbour," Sen McAllister said.
"Health Department figures show 24,169 services have been provided in Coffs Harbour alone.
"This is one of the highest numbers in the country.
"This shows, in real terms, the overwhelming need for this scheme which has been under attack from the Liberals since the moment it began."
The scheme provides eligible children with up to $1000 in dental treatment every two years.
Sen McAllister said the Turnbull Government had deliberately hidden the scheme from parents, and is now using the lack of promotion as a cover to cut the scheme.
Sen McAllister said scrapping the scheme would be the latest in a long line of attacks on dental health programs by Liberals, including a $390 million cut from adult public dental services, $225 million from Labor's program to build dental clinics in regional Australia, and $125.6 already cut from the Child Dental Benefits Scheme.