1469. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Social Protection the cost of introducing an annual scale and polish under the DTBS, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35185/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Dental Services )

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The cost of providing services under the treatment benefit scheme is dependent on the demand for such services from qualified customers. As a result, the annual cost of re-introducing the scale and polish treatment can only be estimated at this time. If the demand for this treatment is in line with the 2009 out turn (the last time the scale and polish treatment was provided under the scheme), then the estimated cost of re-introducing this...

418. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Social Protection his plans to commence discussions with a view to reaching agreement with the Irish Dental Association on the restoration of treatments under the dental benefit treatment scheme following the suspension of all treatments other than a dental examination in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27054/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Dental Services Provision)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Department officials met with representatives of the Irish Dental Association recently to discuss matters outlined in the programme for Government. 
Any changes to the scheme can only be considered within the overall budgetary context, taking account of available resources and competing demands. 
I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.
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55. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the cost of the dental treatment benefit scheme and the number of persons who will benefit in 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45932/15 asked on 17 Dec 2015 - Dental Services Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The dental benefit scheme has been availed of by 312,659 people during 2015. The total amount paid out on the scheme in 2015 to date has been €10.3 million.
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236. Deputy Jack Wall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if assistance is available for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare for treatment to the person’s teeth; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34718/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Dental Services )

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The person concerned is not qualified for benefit under this Department’s dental benefit scheme, which is based on PRSI contributions paid (and currently covers a free dental examination).
If she is the holder of a Medical card, she should contact her local HSE office, who will be able to advise her of any assistance she may be entitled to through the HSE dental scheme.
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66. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if dental benefit is available in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9785/15 asked on 05 Mar 2015 - Dental Services )

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Qualification for treatment benefit is based solely on satisfying certain PRSI conditions which vary depending on the age of the person. In order to qualify the person concerned in this case would need to have paid at least 39 PRSI contributions at Class A/E/H or P since first starting work. The person concerned does not have the required number of contributions paid and as a result he does not qualify for the treatment benefit....

69. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare qualifies for dental benefit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49412/14 asked on 18 Dec 2014 - Dental Services Provision)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Treatment benefit is a PRSI based scheme. A person under the age of 21 may qualify if they have at least 39 reckonable contributions paid since first starting work. PRSI Classes A, E, H and P are reckonable for treatment benefit qualification.
Records currently available indicate that the person concerned has no PRSI contributions recorded up to the end of 2013.
The person concerned may qualify based on his 2014 employment, if he ...

338. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Social Protection the steps being taken to publicise the availability of one free dental check-up per year under the PRSI scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1455/14 asked on 15 Jan 2014 - Dental Services Provision)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on the Department’s Dental Benefit scheme, including details of the qualifying conditions, is available on the Department’s website (www.welfare.ie) and the Citizen’s Information website (www.citizensinformation.ie), as well as from the Local Offices of both organisations.
Other organisations, such as the Irish Dental Association, provide information on their websites, as do a number of other private websites such as www.irishhealt...

333. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Social Protection the amount of funding provided under the PRSI scheme for dental treatment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42401/13 asked on 08 Oct 2013 - Dental Services Expenditure)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The treatment benefit scheme is funded through PRSI contributions, with payments made to dentists on the basis of demand from qualified PRSI contributors for the free annual examination. The cost of the dental benefit scheme for each of the past two complete years is set out in the table below:
 Year Cost 2011 €9.15 million 2012 €8.94 million 
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334. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Social Protection the numbers and proportions of eligible persons covered by PRSI that avail of the entitlement to a free dental examination each year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42402/13 asked on 08 Oct 2013 - Dental Services Expenditure)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): In 2012, the estimated number of people eligible for this Department’s dental benefit scheme was 2.2 million (qualifying either on their own PRSI or on their spouses’). Dental benefit was actually claimed by 270,602 people in 2012, equating to 12.3% of the eligible population.
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534. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will reinstate preventive and restorative care under the dental treatment benefit scheme for PRSI payers and introduce a new voucher system for eligible patients; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37767/13 asked on 18 Sep 2013 - Dental Services Provision)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The dental benefit scheme is paid from the Social Insurance Fund. The fund has been under substantial pressure for the last few years due to the current economic circumstances and has required substantial subvention from the exchequer. As part of the cost-saving measures intended to ease this pressure, the range of treatments available under the treatment benefit scheme was reduced in Budget 2010. 
As the social insurance fund continues ...

121. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding dentures in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20948/13 asked on 02 May 2013 - Dental Services Provision)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): An application in respect of dentures has not yet been received from the person concerned. However, since January 2010 dentures are no longer provided under the dental benefit scheme, which is now limited to a free yearly examination. If the person concerned has a Medical Card, he should contact his local HSE offices, who will be able to advise him of his entitlements under their dental scheme.
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336. Deputy Patrick Nulty asked the Minister for Social Protection the full details of the free dental services currently available for persons based on PRSI contributions; the services available in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 in tabular form; if he proposes to make any changes to the scheme in budget 2013; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50044/12 asked on 13 Nov 2012 - Dental Services Provision)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The dental benefit scheme was limited to a free annual examination in budget 2010, so from 1st January 2010 to date, one free annual examination is available to qualifying customers. Detail on the treatments covered under the dental benefit scheme (either partially or fully) in 2007, 2008, and 2009, are listed in the following table.
Any decision on changes to the dental benefit scheme will be made as part of the overall budget programme, hav...