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Everything You Need to Know about PRSI and Medical Card Entitlements in Ireland

Pay related social insurance (PRSI) and medical cards are really important if you’re over 16 years of age in Ireland. Without them, you may find yourself in a position where you’re unable to access the dental care you require, unless you pay in full for the services.

If you’re confused about any aspect of PRSI or medical cards, here are some commonly asked questions, with some helpful responses.

Frequently Asked Questions About PRSI and Medical Cards

  1. What treatment am I entitled to if I pay PRSI? If you’re a current PRSI payer, you’re entitled to an annual check-up at any dental practice that participates in the scheme. If you’re not sure whether your nearest dentist accepts PRSI patients, simply give them a call to find out. The PRSI Dental Scheme also offers payers discounts on their dental treatment.

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  2. What treatment am I entitled to if I have a medical card? If you have a medical card, you’re entitled to an annual check-up. You’re also entitled to two fillings per year and any extractions that you may require.

    However, there are other treatments available; though these are normally limited to patients who are considered ‘high risk’, with existing medical conditions. Treatments are also available to those who are classified as an emergency; and patients are assessed on a case by case basis.

  3. Are any cosmetic treatments available for those that have a medical card? If the reason for the cosmetic treatment is purely to improve appearance, then it’s unlikely that you’ll qualify for free treatment with your medical card. However, there are certain situations where medical card holders can access cosmetic dentistry treatment for free. In order to find out whether you qualify, book an appointment with your local dentist.

  4. What medical conditions are covered by the medical card? A huge number of conditions are covered by the medical card, and free treatment is available to cancer patients, those with significant heart problems, type I and type II diabetes, those with supressed immune systems and make more. To find out whether or not you’re covered for dental treatment, speak to your dentist.

  5. How do I know which dental practice accepts medical cards? The majority of dentists in Ireland will accept medical cards. The best way to find out is to either ask the dentist, or locate a list at your local health centre or library.

  6. I’ve got children under 16. What treatment are they entitled to? Currently, the aim is to screen children in the second, fourth and sixth class (though this isn’t guaranteed). However, all children under the age of 16 are entitled to free emergency treatment at a public dental practice.

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If you’re looking for a local dentist in Ballincollig that accepts both PRSI and medical card patients, speak to Guiney Dental Practice today on 021-481 0535.

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