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WINZ CUTS ADVANCES FOR EMERGENCY DENTAL TREATMENT The longer in government, the nastier Bill English's cost cutting

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 01:46 PM

WORK AND INCOME NZ (short WINZ) HAVE ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS SINCE LAST YEAR BEEN CUTTING BACK ON EMERGENCY DENTAL TREATMENT ADVANCES FOR THOSE ON BENEFITS OR LOW INCOMES

This is hard to believe, but it is true. Radio NZ National has reported, that beneficiaries needing emergency dental treatment apparently can no longer access advances for costly dental treatment. According to official information the broadcaster obtained, this new approach has been taken since last year. Only about $ 300 per year are granted to beneficiaries to cover dental treatment costs. Now those needing more expensive work done, like root canal treatments, crowns or bridges can no longer get advance loans from WINZ to cover for this.

Either they have to negotiate installment payments with their dentists or try and borrow money elsewhere. Some will not be able to get credit and may decide to rather have their teeth pulled out. So poverty will become more visible again, with people walking around with gaps in their dentures, I presume. This must be one of the results of their new "investment approach" (saving costs where-ever they can).

Radio New Zealand National reports:


'Shrinking WINZ dental loans'

05 May 2015, Demelza Leslie

http://www.radionz.c...nz-dental-loans


EXTRACT:

In the 2010/11 financial year, Work and Income loaned $9,398,451 to beneficiaries for emergency dental work. Over the past year that figure was slashed to $45,100, official documents showed.

Ms Brereton does not think there has been any specific changes to policy, except Government pressure on Work and Income to shrink beneficiary debt.

She said when WINZ got mean, beneficiaries were forced to go loan sharks and financial companies for money.

Dental Association chief executive David Crum said some beneficiaries required quite extensive work. He said they could only ignore a toothache for so long.

"Particularly when you get an infection or pain, that changes the picture dramatically," he said.

Dr Crum guessed beneficiaries were organising time payments with their dentist or were getting the funding from somewhere else.



Here is also an audio from Morning Report on RNZ, covering the same:
http://www.radionz.c...-to-loan-sharks

Read and listen to the full reports on RNZ National!


Own Comment:

What next, I dare to ask, and what does this tell us about the supposed "supports" they claim to give to sick, injured and disabled that they want to get into work? There is little evidence of extra "support" being offered, besides of more investment in "more intensive case-management"meaning putting more pressure on clients, as this post already revealed:

http://accforum.org/...ials-a-failure/


What great "job prospects" will a WINZ client have, with gaps in his or her teeth?


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Posted 06 May 2015 - 08:37 PM

I'm lucky if my plate will last me another year... I'm already chewing near on the back pink plate material!! They are now so so thin and the teeth so worn down. I would have no hope in hell funding a new top plate the cheapest quoted being over $800. This top notch plate I paid for was $380 back in the day. Now that they state 'New Technology'... plates cost so much more.. Well I think I still prefer the cheaper made 'the old way'.. thanks...

Edited to say, ''It's such a FALSE enconomy'.... the greedier get greedier and richer at the expense of the poor....


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Posted 06 May 2015 - 10:27 PM

URGENT UPDATE: MSD SEEM TO BE EXPERIENCING A BIT OF "CHAOS" WITH THEIR DELIVERY OF OFFICIAL INFORMATION ACT RELATED INFORMATION:

Today I read on the following blog, that there appears to have been some misleading information that was sent to media (Radio NZ National) in form of an Official Information Act response by MSD:


'OIA chaos in the Ministry of Social Development'

https://blog.greens....al-development/


So I must concede, that the information I and others relied on, was not correct. There has been a letter provided by MSD, stating clearly a mistake of sorts was made, and providing also the ACTUAL figures for emergency dental treatment, including dental treatment paid for by way of special advance payments, and otherwise by Special Needs Grants, the latter apparently for less urgent treatments.

The letter has been made available via this link:

https://blog.greens....SDdentalOIA.pdf


Yes, a person I know also happened to get an advance nearly a year ago, for over a thousand dollars, for more expensive emergency dental treatment, and then had no problems, that was mid year. Today another person I also know went in for an advance payment, and that was close to 400 dollars worth, and that was also processed.

Hence apologies for rushing to write the post above, and for having relied on one media report on Radio NZ, which was relying on the incorrect information.

So MSD and WINZ do actually continue to offer these advances, but it appears also, that they seem to be more careful in granting advances and Special Needs Grants.

We conclude from all this, MSD do not have their OIA information service under control, and that only adds to concerns re other parts of their responsibilities, that certainly deserve attention and criticism.

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