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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 3131..


MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND COMMUNITY CARE

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION

Question No. 99

School Dental Service - Orthodontic Treatment Waiting Times

Mr Connolly - asked the Minister of Health and Community Care upon notice on 5 December, 1995:

As at 1 December 1995, what is the waiting period for children to obtain an appointment with an ACT Government orthodontist for persons with Health Care Card entitlements.

MRS CARNELL - the answer to the Member's question is:

As at 1 December, an emergency orthodontic case, as assessed by the school dentist, could be seen within 24 hours. A case that was considered urgent, but not an emergency, could be seen within four weeks. For other cases, the waiting time is 24 months.

The School Dental Service provides free orthodontic consultations so that parents are aware as to whether their children require orthodontic treatment. Parents are advised in less urgent cases of the length of the waiting list and that private orthodontic treatment may be sought.


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