May 23, 2022

Kilkenny children under the age of 16 to get free universal dental care

KILKENNY children under the age of 16 will be given free universal dental care as part of a new government initiative.

The €80 million plan will see almost the entire range of dental services extended to every child in the country from birth to 16 years old.

Under the scheme, parents will be able to bring children to the dentist for regular check-ups where fillings, extractions and any other dental surgery will be carried out free of charge.

Prescriptions related to dental procedures will also be free and the services will be provided by local dentists.

The Sunday Independent said Health Minister Simon Harris will announce the five- year plan for comprehensive dental care for all children under 16 this week.

It added that the Department of Health has been working on the plan for a number of years and it was signed off on by the Cabinet two weeks ago.

The scheme has not yet been negotiated with dentists, but it is hoped universal dental care will be extended to every child under the age of six in next year’s Budget.

The Government will have to reach an agreement on fees with dentists who sign up to the initiative before it can make a budget announcement.

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