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Make aged care priority for future government

Pensioners call on independents to demand action on aged care as part of negotiations.

A pensioner group wants the three independents set to decide the next federal government to bargain for dental care to be placed under Medicare, no cuts to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and reform of aged care.

The Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association of NSW has called on the Independents Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor and Bob Katter to make these key issues when they carry out their negotiations with Labor and the Coalition.

“Aged care must place care recipients first. The future Australian Government must make lives worth living in aged care facilities, and mandatory staff to resident ratios must be at the top of the reform list,” said Charmaine Crowe, CPSA policy coordinator.

“CPSA is pleased that Oakeshott and Windsor support Medicare dental. CPSA supports the Greens Denticare proposal, which would grant access to dental care for hundreds of thousands of Australians who currently miss out because they cannot afford it.

“There must be no cuts to the PBS that drive up the cost of pharmaceuticals. Income support payments that have fallen well behind increases in the cost of living must be reformed.”

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