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Wait no more : the use of private dental services by welfare recipients in Australia

Hopkins, Sandra and Kidd, Michael P. 2008, Wait no more : the use of private dental services by welfare recipients in Australia, Journal of economic and social policy, vol. 12, no. 1, Summer, pp. 25-39.

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Title Wait no more : the use of private dental services by welfare recipients in Australia
Author(s) Hopkins, Sandra
Kidd, Michael P.
Journal name Journal of economic and social policy
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Season Summer
Start page 25
End page 39
Publisher Southern Cross University, Centre for Policy Research
Place of publication Tweed Heads, N.S.W.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1325-2224
Keyword(s) dental health
social welfare
Australia
social policy
supply and demand
statistics
demography
health economics
sex role
income
waiting times
age factors
health care card holders
Summary Dental services in Australia are available both privately and publicly. However, access to public dental services, like access to public hospital services for non-urgent treatment, is subject to a considerable waiting period. Moreover, access to public dental services is restricted to certain categories of welfare beneficiaries who qualify for a health care card. Because of the waiting time for public treatment, there is a frequent call for more public dental resources. This paper addresses the issue of what the waiting time for public dental services represents. One view largely confirmed by our research is that state governments are using the waiting time as a way of trying to push more and more people into the private sector. We find that more and more health care card holders are using the
private sector for dental services.
Language eng
Field of Research 140208 Health Economics
Socio Economic Objective 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Southern Cross University, Centre for Policy Research
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017212

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