Higher subsidies for dental care in Norway

22. February 2010  
Filed in News

Among the Norwegian government's election promises was that it would extend the subsidy to voksenbefolkningens dentistry.

It must partly be done by making the examinations free of charge for people over 75 years of age, and may impose a ceiling for an upper user fees on an annual dkk 3,000., after which the public provides completely or partially the grant for other expenses. The amount is dkk 3,000. provided that 80 % of the patients have an annual cost to the dental care of up to dkk 3,000.

In order to ensure a geographically better tandlægedækning considering the government to introduce a scheme, which means that the general practitioner dentists receive a fixed amount per. registered patient equivalent to what applies for the general practitioners.

Grants to voksentandpleje in Norway is today defined as særomsorg, as the grant does not include the entire population, but only being given to the dental treatment as a result of, among other things, rare medical disease, lip-jaw-palate - cleft and dental injuries in connection with the accident.

So far the plans only on the drawing board, but the government has as a general objective, that the state gradually assume greater responsibility for the population's oral health.

Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 2 2010 or on the www.tandlaegebladet.dk