Approximately two million people in Ireland pay PRSI, but surprisingly only 25% of those eligible claim their entitlements of an Exam, Scale and Polish.
It is important to note that not all dentists are registered providers of the PRSI dental scheme but if they are, you should be entitled to claim an annual free check-up, as well as a subsidised Scale and Polish (cleaning) for €15.
Visiting your dentist at least once a year for a check-up is important to ensure that any issues are detected early, before they become bigger and often expensive problems. Regular cleaning of the teeth by a dental professional is also essential to remove plaque and tartar both above and below the gumline, eliminating bacteria that lead to cavities, bad breath and gum disease.
The Treatment Benefit Scheme is run by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) and provides dental, optical and aural services to qualified people. The Treatment Benefit Scheme is available to insured workers, the self-employed and retired people who have the required number of PRSI contributions.
Under the Treatment Benefit Scheme, you may qualify for:
There is a number of criteria for claiming PRSI entitlements the main one being, you must have paid Class A, E, P, H or S social insurance contributions. The amount of social insurance you need depends on your age.
A spouse, civil partner or cohabitant may, of course, qualify in their own right if they have enough social insurance contributions. If your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant does not have enough social insurance contributions he/she may still qualify for Treatment Benefit on your social insurance record. To do this, you must qualify for Treatment Benefit and your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant must be dependent on you.
There is a number of criteria for PRSI entitlement eligibility. Your eligibility can depend on the amount on the amount of PRSI contributions paid, as well as your age can determine if you can claim this PRSI entitlement. More detailed information can be found on Welfare.ie.
As of March 27th 2017 the scheme was extended to cover the self-employed who have paid sufficient contributions, and their dependent spouses.
If you have any questions around you or your spouse being eligible, you can contact the Department of Social Protection on 074 91 64480, or via their website www.welfare.ie.
Call your local Dental Care Ireland practice where one of our receptionists will check on the Welfare Partners website to see if you are eligible for an Exam, Scale and Polish for €15. In order for us to find out if you are eligible, our receptionist will require your consent to check, your PPSN and date of birth.
There are three results that can come from this check; approved, pending and not approved.
Contact information for all of our practices can be found here.
There is a number of dental entitlements available now for both employed and self-employed PRSI payors:
These entitlements will be available to those eligible once per calendar year, meaning that you may claim once between the 1st of January and the 31st of December each year – not once every 12 months. Be sure to claim your entitlements before the end of 2018!
No, unfortunately not. These benefits are only available once per calendar, meaning January to December – They cannot roll over.
Yes you can, but specific practices may or may not have a hygienist providing this service, so best to check with your local Dental Care Ireland practice. Dental Care Ireland contact numbers can be found here.