It's been proven yet again that Aussie healthcare system is one of the best in the world despite all the limitations it has. Most of the 'essential' care needs are covered for free in Medicare, with or without any queue/ delay (I am not focusing much on those issues here) or, at worst, at a comparatively reasonable cost through a private insurance (I know about a high insurance cost and all related issues.. but still).
However, I was wondering as to why some of the 'very' essential and common care needs/ services were not covered in Medicare fundamentally? e.g. Dental or Ambulance. When it comes to dental or ambulance, they are too heavy on the pocket even with an insurance cover. Ambulance insurance cover offers only 2-3 trips a year, which is still ok for the most of the people but dental insurance hardly covers anything considering the total cost of any major treatment. Most of the dental covers have an annual cap per person which isn't very high. If someone needs more frequent dental visits and major treatments, then they pay a very hefty amount out of pocket as a percentage of an average Australian household income annually. These are such basic needs that the common sense of a layman suggests they should be covered in the public healthcare or there should be insurance products that 'fully' cover it - not too sure if any country has the dental (and ambulance) fully covered though.
Well, pardon my naivety; I am not arguing whether a system that has been well-established for decades is right or wrong, but I am just trying to understand why would they have kept these options out of the public healthcare cover in the first place (and why wouldn't they have created a policy that would make the private dental insurance covers more effective at least). I am sure it's not as simple, but happy to hear your thoughts.