ABC News - The noisy public debate about patients' out-of-pocket costs and their consequences reaches a crescendo when it comes to oral health and dental care. Nowhere are the growing inequalities in health between poor and rich, rural and urban, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, highlighted more than in dental health.
An Aussie smile is an instant indicator of socioeconomic status, employability and self-esteem. It's also a predictor of physical health.
The costs of this divide are revealing. Of the total annual spend on dental care ($9.9 billion in 2015-16), individuals contributed 58 per cent in out-of-pocket costs...>>>