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States & Territories Spending On Dental Care Climbs

Published on : 22/5/2019

A new report shows that state and territory expenditure on dental services has grown to $836 million, reinforcing other data that explains sustained increases in sales of dental products.

Key Issues For The Dental Industry —

According to the latest research published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), recurrent expenditure on dental services by state and territory governments grew by 11% in FY2016-17 to $836million.

Total recurrent health expenditure by state and territory governments in 2016–17 was estimated at $42.2 billion.  About two-thirds of recurrent expenditure (64.6% or $27.3 billion) was for public hospital services which represented a 0.1% rise in public hospital spending by states and territories in real terms, compared with an average annual growth of 3.4% for the decade.

The next largest area of recurrent spending by state and territory governments was community health and other ($7.3 billion or 17.2% of recurrent spending), which had a lower growth rate than the average annual growth rate in real terms for the decade (0.6% compared with 3.5%).  States and territories spent $2.8 billion on patient transport services, $1.3 billion on public health.

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■ 2016-17 Health Expenditure In Australia*

For the purposes of this report “dental services” are defined as services that registered dental practitioners provide. These include oral and maxillofacial surgery items, orthodontic, pedodontic and periodontic services, cleft lip and palate services, dental assessment, and other dental items listed in the MBS. The term covers dental services funded by health funds, state and territory governments, and also individuals’ out-of-pocket payments.

This report is one of a number of datasets that will be analysed in detail at the 2018 Australian Dental Industry Growth Conference to be held over 26-27 October 2018 on the Gold Coast.  If you haven’t already registered to attend, take the opportunity to do so today.

Further Information —

For further information about expenditure in the dental services sector, send an email to or telephone 1300 943 094.  To keep up to date, follow ADIA on Facebook at or subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental.

Currency & Disclaimer —

This update was issued on 4 October 2018 and please note that changes in circumstances after the publication of material or information may impact upon its accuracy and also change regulatory compliance obligations. The statements, regulatory and technical information contained herein are believed to be accurate and are provided for information purposes only. Readers are responsible for assessing its relevance and verifying the accuracy of the content. To the fullest extent permitted by law, ADIA will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred in relation to or arising as a result of relying on the information presented here.

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