November 20, 2019
Accessing good dental care is not easy for thousands of low income New Zealanders, and for one woman, it is an unaffordable dream, as she cannot take on more debt.
Work and Income is funding at least $20 million a year in dental work for low-income workers and beneficiaries. More than half of the grants are essentially loans.
Jill* – a beneficiary – has a mouth full of rotten, broken teeth, and a continually infected mouth.
She told Checkpoint’s Lisa Owen her dental problems started in 2009, when her former partner assaulted her, knocking her front teeth out.
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