Studies find dental fraud may cost State €8m

Posted in Articles by saraburke on October 21, 2009

This article by me appeared in the health supplement in the IRish TImes on 20 October 2009

FRAUDULENT AND inappropriate claims by dentists participating in the publicly-funded Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS) could cost at least €8 million this year.

Senior officials in the Department of Health and the HSE are aware of the potential savings from these claims but have not put the required checks in place to stop privately practising dentists wrongly or over-claiming from this scheme.

A series of unpublished reports commissioned by the Department of Health and the HSE, which detail the extent of inappropriate and fraudulent payments in the system, has been seen by The Irish Times.

The free dental scheme for adults available to medical card holders came to the attention of senior health officials due to the significant extra demand on it during the first eight months of this year. (more…)