Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (481)

Peter Burke


481. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the contributions of a person (details supplied); and if he or she qualifies for dental treatment. [22843/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Qualification for Dental Benefit is based on satisfying certain PRSI conditions, including having paid the required total number of contributions since first starting work, along with having the required number of contributions paid or credited in the relevant tax year on which the claim is based.

A social insurance record in another EU country may be counted towards qualification for Benefit, provided the person concerned has at least one PRSI contribution paid, at Class A, E, H, P or S, following their return or arrival in Ireland. Unfortunately, the person concerned in this case does not have any contributions paid since returning to Ireland, and therefore does not qualify for Benefit.

If the person concerned has a Medical Card, he should contact his local HSE office which will advise on entitlements under the HSE scheme.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.