Plan to Cut Dental Costs
Ten months before the next elections, the Swedish government says it plans to reduce the high cost of visiting the dentist here.
Dental care is not part of the National Health System, and after a deregulation a few years ago, costs have skyrocketed. Recent reports indicate that many people are neglecting their teeth because they can’t afford dental care. Others have also started visiting clinics in Poland and the Baltic republics, where care is much cheaper.
Health Minister Ylva Johansson says the planned reform won’t take place until after the next elections. By 2007 an ordinary check-up would cost the same as a visit to the doctor, she says, less than half the average price today. The cost of dental surgery would be reduced, but would still cost more than medical operations.
But before that can happen, a study is being launched and is to present its report in March.