KPI 18: Proportion of adults 18 years and older eligible for public dental services who access public dental care
Publicly funded dental services play a role in helping eligible Australians who might find it difficult to access dental care in the private sector to receive such care, either free of charge or at a subsidised cost. Public dental services are operated by states and territories, with eligibility for services and the organisation of services varying greatly across the jurisdictions.
Based on the available data, around 1 in 5 adults aged 18 years and over accessed public dental care during 2014–2016 (21%) and 1 in 4 (23%) in 2016–2018. It should be noted that not all states and territories were able to provide data for the 2016–2018 period so the national estimate should be interpreted with caution.
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