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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 24 May 2011

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Questions (318, 319, 320)

John O'Mahony

Question:

347 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health and Children the dental treatments available to persons who have medical cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12386/11]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

Under the Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS) priority is given to medical card holders who have the greatest clinical need. In addition, free emergency dental treatment and a free oral examination every 12 months are available to all eligible patients.

John O'Mahony

Question:

348 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health and Children the orthodontic treatments available to primary school students; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12387/11]

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John O'Mahony

Question:

350 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health and Children the orthodontic treatments available to secondary school students; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12389/11]

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I propose to take Questions Nos. 348 and 350 together.

All children are targeted for preventive measures under the school dental programme. These children are screened and referred for treatment as necessary and retain eligibility up to their 16th birthday. The Health Service Executive provides orthodontic treatment to patients based on their level of clinical need. An individual's access to orthodontic treatment is determined against a set of clinical guidelines.

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