Originally Posted by CiaranC
It would seem that the 19 quid I paid was for 'basic tooth decay treatment' not sure what the difference is there.
Your report shows four private independent dentists. A filling from a dentist within the French health insurance system (most of them) costs within a range of fixed prices between 30-60 quid, depending on the tooth/type I guess. You can claim 70% of that back if you qualify for a French medical card (or possibly via an EHIC card if its urgent treatment). You pay the whole lot yourself if not.
A consultation is fixed at 21 euro. A scale is 23. An extraction is 34. (Im pretty sure my root canal was 80 - dont quote me on that one).
Crowns/brodges and the like are not subject to fixed prices.
Ah, so in common with the OP and trixie, the comparison you made when you used phrases like "extortionate", "cartel", "bust" etc are not quite as accurate as you led us to believe.
"basic tooth decay treatment" as distinct from a filling (which you quoted as a separate price) refers to either a filling in a basic/primary/deciduous/baby tooth or simple removal of pit and fissure caries in an adult tooth, this is then usually filled with a white resin filling, we call these fissure sealants and they usually cost around €20 per tooth, whether you pay cash or card.
The scheme whereby prices are set by the French Health/Social Ministry is a subsidized scheme similar to what our PRSI and medical schemes were, except you paid less here than in France both for treatment and in employee contributions. If you were qualified under the PRSI scheme, pre December 31st 2009, an examination was FREE, a scaling was FREE, a filling averaged €40 - €60, an extraction was €25. Under the med card scheme it was even better, everything was free except cosmetic treatments and molar root canals. These schemes were effectively withdrawn by the previous Government so if you want to compare prices under a French Health Insurance scheme, compare with the PRSI/Med card schemes.
Also, french dentists receive an additional fee per item from the scheme which "tops up" the amount they get paid from the patient. Like in the UK, many french dentists are opting out of this scheme and in some parts on the country it can be difficult to find a participating dentist.
While the French health system is the envy of many, they also pay a high levi on their income for this.
Lastly, Ciaran, on average a crown here costs between €500 and €800, did you really get yours for €150 - € 240 ?, again even the cheapest clinics in Eastern Europe do not provide treatment as cheap as this. Lastly, I googled 7 private clinics in Nice, none provide treatment at anywhere near the prices you posted above, and after all, dentists in ireland are private clinicians.