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Dentist Covid charge

  • 03-02-2022 6:55pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2,462 ✭✭✭

    Looking for opinions here.

    iv booked an appointment with my dentist for a check up.

    I’ve 100% cover with my insurance and now the dentist has informed me that as a result of Covid I have to pay a €15 Covid charge

    ive asked them to detail what the charge is for, specifically given this is a dentist and PPE would be the norm

    is this common?

    its a well known chain with branch in galway


  • Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭Minier81

    No such charge with my dentist in dublin. Shop around!

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,551 ✭✭✭✭Muahahaha

    Was at my own dentist 2 weeks ago and there were no charges for covid.

    You could ask your insurance company will they cover the entire cost. But if I were you I would just find a new dentist as Im not a fan of those chain dentists. Went to one before and over 4 visits I saw 3 different dentists so there was no continuity whatsoever, you just got given whoever was working that day. Plus a lot of the dentists were young and inexperienced, one girl stabbed me in the lip several times with a very sharp hand scraper. Long term I think you are better off having a regular dentist so when more tricky procedures like extractions or root canals come up you are not left wondering about the competence of the person doing it

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,770 ✭✭✭gipi

    I have been attending a periodontist in Newry, who applied an extra £30 charge per treatment over the past 18 months. While the staff normally wear PPE, there was a lot extra used in the clinic rooms (on pc screens and keyboards) and, presumably extra cleaning was carried out between patients.

    The sting for me came when I asked them to complete the Med2 form to claim tax back. Revenue don't allow you to claim the cost of protective items in this circumstance, so I couldn't include the full charge in my tax return.

    I'm still being charged £10 extra per visit for follow up visits. No idea when or if it'll be dropped.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,462 ✭✭✭skinny90

    thanks everyone.

    i am getting the same dentist as I usually get but yes I suppose your right.

    i googled it to see if it’s common but all I can see is links to the chain

    personally I think it’s bull as they already have had to have a high level of PPE

    no point making tariffs for c19 as an opportunity

  • Registered Users Posts: 185 ✭✭Green Finers

    Is known as the things that people do when they take pictures??? SMILES! …. No I meaned CHEESE!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,462 ✭✭✭skinny90