Table 1

Key features of the two schemes from which data on actual treatment provided was retrieved
Scheme 1 Scheme 2
Referred to as Scheme for employed adults Scheme for less well-off adults
Name of scheme Dental Treatment Benefit Scheme (DTBS) Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS)
Established 1952 1994
Payment method Fee-per-item Fee-per-item and some public health service dentists
Numbers eligible 2002 1.3 million 1.2 million
Eligibility Employed and retired adults with sufficient social insurance contributions (and their spouses) in Pay-Related Social Insurance classes A, E, H and P Mainly adults who are unemployed or earning a very low income
Categories of treatment provided:
Extractions Exodontics and surgical extractions Exodontics and surgical extractions
Restorations Composite fillings, amalgam fillings, white fillings on back teeth/glass ionomers and pin-retained fillings Composite fillings (six anterior teeth only) and amalgam fillings
Advanced restorations Endodontics, crowns and bridges Endodontics (anterior teeth only)
Denture treatments Partial dentures, full-upper dentures, full-lower dentures, full-upper and full-lower dentures, and repair or adjustment Partial dentures, full-upper dentures, full-lower dentures, full-upper and full-lower dentures, and repair or adjustment

Note: For further information visit http://www.welfare.ie/ webcite, http://www.citizensinformation.ie/ webcite, and http://www.hse.ie/ webcite.

Guiney et al.

Guiney et al. BMC Oral Health 2012 12:31   doi:10.1186/1472-6831-12-31

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