Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

2000 Wait for Public Dentists; Private Clinics Treat Patients in Bid to Ease regiona[euro][TM]s Backlog

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

2000 Wait for Public Dentists; Private Clinics Treat Patients in Bid to Ease regiona[euro][TM]s Backlog

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Rebecca Danslow

Reporter

Gladstone Dental Clinic waiting times

2097 patients waiting for general care 21 patients waiting for priority care (category 3) from January

RESIDENTS who need to use the Gladstone Dental Clinic will have to join a queue of more than 2000 people, and can expect to wait up to four years for a general check-up.

Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham recently questioned Health Minister Lawrence Springborg in Parliament over waiting times at the public dental health service.

Mr Springborgas response last week showed 2097 patients were on the waiting list for general dental checks; some waiting since 2009.

As part of the Federal Governmentas 2012-2013 dental reform scheme, some private clinics including Sunvalley Dental have begun accepting public patients in a bid to ease pressure on the system.

Dentist Dr Poya John Sobhanian said the waiting list for public care was saddening and four years was too long to wait. …

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