Question to the Minister for Health (Dr James Reilly, TD)
To ask the Minister for Health dental treatments covered by a medical card, and in particular if dental surgery can be provided free of charge to persons with medical cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer T.D.
The Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS) provides access to dental treatment for adult medical card holders. The service is provided by contracted dentists. The HSE prioritises for treatment patients with special needs, high risk patients and those who have greater clinical needs. A free oral examination every calendar year and free emergency dental treatment with a focus on relief of pain and sepsis are available to all eligible patients, regardless of their medical condition. This includes 2 fillings, all extractions, including surgical extractions, and a number of complex treatments.