Wednesday, 22 January 1997
Dáil Éireann Debate
186. Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Health whether routine dental treatment is available to the children of medical card holders who are in second-level education and are between 14 and 16 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1638/97]
187. Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Health the entitlements to dental health of second-level students between the ages of 14 and 16 whose parents do not have a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1639/97]
Under the Dental Health Action Plan dental treatment will be extended to all children up to 16 years of age who have attended national school. In the initial phase of the Plan, I have extended dental treatment to children up to 14 years of age. I will implement a further extension  up to the sixteenth birthday according as additional resources are available to me.
Routine dental treatment is not currently available to children of medical card holders who are between 14 and 16 years of age. Routine dental treatment will be extended to this group as part of the general extension of dental treatment services to the 14-16 years age group.
The Dental Health Action Plan, which is being implemented on a phased basis, provides for the extension of a comprehensive range of treatments under the dental treatment services scheme to all adults with medical card entitlement. Under Phases I and II of the scheme, which are already in place, treatment is available as follows: emergency dental treatment for the relief of pain or ugent denture repairs is available to all adults; routine dental treatment is available to adults in the age groups 16-34 years of age inclusive and 65 years and over; full upper and or full lower dentures are available to all adults with no natural teeth.
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