Updated: 24/03/17 : 14:15:17Printable Version
Fine Gael T.D. for Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal and West Cavan, Tony McLoughlin highlighted the urgent need for the return of PRSI dental and optical services to PRSI contributors during a debate in the Dáil this week with the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar.
Speaking about the issue, Mcloughlin stated “this particular problem has been raised with me on a regular basis in my constituency office over the last number of years. Workers simply want to be able to feel like that they are getting a return on their PRSI contributions, as they had in the past.
“I asked the Minister about this as I believe that the cuts made to the PRSI Scheme dental and optical services during the Fianna Fail caused, economic recession, have had an effect on the overall oral health of our people. From speaking with local dentists, it is clear that this is very much the case.
“I was very pleased to hear the Ministers response when he said that that this year, dental and optical benefit schemes will be extended to the self-employed from March 2017 (from next week) and that certain new treatments will be re-introduced to the Dental and Optical schemes later this year.
“The dental scheme will have an annual scale and polish treatment and protracted periodontal treatment, where this is clinically required, re-introduced from October 2017. These treatments will be made available in addition to the current annual dental examination to all qualified persons, employed and self-employed.
Mcloughlin concluded “the fact that we can begin to re-introduce these types of services to workers in this country, both employed and self-employed is further evidence that our country continues to recover strongly under a Fine Gael led Government and I look forward to more services being delivered to the people of Ireland”.