Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (207)

Tom Fleming

Ceist:

211 Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Health the dental treatment entitlements of medical card holders; if he will extend current entitlements to full dental treatment cover; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23374/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health)

Dental services for medical card holders are provided through the Dental Treatment Service Scheme (DTSS). Given the current difficult position of the public finances, it is not possible to increase the services available under the DTSS. The HSE is working to ensure that patients with special needs, high risk patients and those who have greater clinical needs are prioritised for treatment. In addition, free emergency dental treatment and a free oral examination every 12 months are available to all eligible patients.