DENTISTS’ participation in the National Health Scheme (Gesy) is still up in the air, their association said on Thursday.
In a statement, the association said their understanding is that in any case dentists, if they were to join Gesy, would do so during the second phase of the scheme, starting July 2020.
The situation as it stands is that dental treatments to be offered under Gesy would be restricted to primary prevention, and only for children aged 16 and under.
The association said it disagreed with this approach of the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) since including a limited number of treatments would be “pointless.”
It said that in its opinion, coverage under Gesy should also include teeth-cleaning, oral cavity checks, prevention of dental caries and of gingivitis, for all age groups.
The HIO rejected the inclusion of these treatments as it would mean further expanding the Gesy budget.
According to the Dental Association, they are currently waiting for the HIO to inform them definitively which dental treatments are to be covered by Gesy.
Based on that information, dentists will decide whether to join Gesy or not.