Opposition promises cuts in dentist wait times

The state opposition has announced it will adopt a plan to halve waiting lists for surgeries in Victoria, including at Wyndham, amid rising wait times in the dental sector.

Opposition Health Critic Georgie Crozier said a Liberal, national government would fix the health system.

‘Victorians cannot afford another four years of Daniel Andrews being unable to deal with this health care crisis created by his government,’ she said.

“Communities don’t need the Labor spin, just a government that will stop politics, fix the problems and deliver the health services that people deserve.

“Only a Liberal, National government of Matthew Guy has a plan to cut waiting lists for surgeries in Victoria in half.”

Wait times for dental care increased to more than 45 months for IPC Health patients, 43 months for co-health patients and more than 35 months for Western Health patients in February.

Wait times for general dental care have increased to an average of 24.8 months in Victoria.

A state government spokesperson said the government continues to call on the federal government to properly fund dental services and continues to advocate for long-term sustainable funding arrangements, as well as cancellation. the 30% reduction in public dental services under the National Public Dental Services Partnership Agreement.

“As in other areas of healthcare, we know the pandemic has forced some Victorians to push back their dental appointments, but more importantly, anyone in need of emergency treatment has been able to access it,” said the spokesperson.

“There is some catching up to do though, which is why we announced a $27 million package to target waiting lists and provide more than 40,000 people with immediate access to dental checkups and treatment.

“We also invested an additional $328 million in public dental services, including the Smile Squad school dental program and specialty dental care.”

Matthew Sims

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