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Higher fees for expat dental care

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 30: Minister of Health Dr Jamal Al-Harbi has decided to increase the fees for health services in the dental medicine and surgery provided to residents who are registered with the health insurance system, reports Al-Anba daily.

The decision states that a resident pays KD 2 for each visit in addition to fees according to the required services. Additional fees shall be paid for X-ray when needed during each visit. However such fees shall be collected for once if Xray is done more than one time for the same tooth in the same visit. The expatriates shall be referred by the primary care center to the specialized dental centers after finishing the initial treatment phase, ‘filling, extracting the tooth and cleaning’.

The charges shall be paid for each visit separately. The charges shall be paid once if medical procedures need to be completed in more than one session. Children with special needs or those who suffer from cancer, or need organ transplantation and congenital malformations of the oral cavity up to 12 years are exempted from dental fees.

The charges for complete denture shall be KD 30 and KD 15 for partial denture (either lower of upper), KD 10 shall be paid for 2 to 6 teeth and KD 5 for a single movable tooth. KD 2 shall be paid for the removal of the tooth, KD 5 for removal by surgery or removal of abscess and surgery of bags in the mouth, and 35 dinars for the treatment of fractures of jaws.

KD 5 shall be paid for cleaning the gums, while KD 10 for surgeries on each tooth. Fees for withdrawal of a partial nerve shall be 2 dinars, while the initial treatment of the nerve of the front tooth shall be 5 dinars and 10 dinars for the initial treatment of the back tooth, KD 15 for the full treatment of the nerve of front tooth and 15 dinars for the back tooth.

The daily said, KD 2 shall be paid for temporary filling and KD 5 for permanent filling. For children, KD 2 shall be charged for cleaning and treatment by using fl uoride and protective filling of each tooth, and KD 5 for permanent filling for each tooth. KD 10 shall be paid to treat the nerve of each tooth with the provision of metal crown and 5 dinars for the treatment of nerve for each tooth with a permanent filling. The removal of each tooth shall cost KD 2.

The charges are KD 2 for X-ray for each tooth while the panoramic radiation is 5 dinars and 10 dinars for CT scan. It is worth mentioning that the Undersecretary of the Ministry of health for Dental Services, Dr Yousef Al- Duwairi had earlier issued a circular to continue treating expatriates with the same fees before applying the decision to increase fees.

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