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Health insurance covers dental costs for minors
Luxembourg

Health insurance covers dental costs for minors

04.10.2013 From our online archive
Since October 1, Luxembourg's “Caisse National de Santé” is paying for the cost of common dental treatments for underage patients, eliminating the previous personal contribution of 12 percent.

(CS/str) Since October 1, Luxembourg's “Caisse National de Santé” (CNS) is paying for the cost of common dental treatments for underage patients, eliminating the previous personal contribution of 12 percent.

The new regulation includes braces for children and teenagers below the age of 18.

However, Jean-Claude Garlinkas of the CNS explained that the CNS only pays for the foreseen tariff. “That means that we don't refund 100 percent of the dentist's bill, but 100 percent of what the medical nomenclature foresees.”

Should a specific treatment cost more than what is specified by the CNS, the outstanding balance remains to be paid.

“The first 60 euros per year are refunded for all patients,” Garlinkas added.

The change comes after an agreement signed between the state and the CNS, which sees the government invest two million euros in a programme to improve dental health.

When the initial funds have been spent, a review of the scheme is due, but the money “should last for quite some time,” Garlinkas said.