Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Tuesday, 13 February 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 530 No. 3

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  174.  Mr. Ardagh  Information on Seán Ardagh  Zoom on Seán Ardagh   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   when persons (details supplied) in Dublin 12 and 6W will receive orthodontic treatment; and if he will initiate a means tested grant scheme for orthodontic treatment of schoolchildren on a private basis. [3860/01]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  As the provision of orthodontic services to eligible persons in the Dublin area is the statutory responsibility of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, the ERHA, I have asked the chief executive officer of the ERHA to investigate the position in relation to this case and to reply directly to the Deputy as a matter of urgency. As part of the initiative recently announced, the Department approved a proposal from the Eastern Regional Health Authority for a grant-in-aid scheme. Under the scheme, patients who meet the criteria laid down for non-urgent routine treatment will be [632] given the option of availing of treatment from a private orthodontic practitioner. A grant of 50% of the authority's overall estimated cost of treatment would be paid. Parents could also avail of tax credits on the balance where appropriate. A grant of 100% of the authority's estimated cost of treatment would be paid in respect of medical card holders.

The scheme will operate on a pilot basis in the Northern Area Health Board for 12 months. A working group on the implementation of the scheme within the board is being established. The group has set a target date of 1 April this year for the implementation of the pilot scheme.


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