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Expenditure review: Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS)
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|Title: ||Expenditure review: Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS)|
|Publisher: ||Department of Finance|
|Issue Date: ||Nov-2001 |
|Description: ||The Dental Treatment Benefits Scheme (DTBS), operated by the Department of Social,
Community and Family Affairs, has its origins in The National Health Insurance Act of 1911.
This Act permitted approved societies to include dental treatment as a benefit in their schemes.
Subsequent legislation, in 1942 and 1952, extended and redefined the benefits. The most
important development at this time was the enactment of the 1953 Health Act. This statute
made all hospital and treatment benefits excluding dental, ophthalmic and aural previously
provided under the Social Welfare Act, available under the Health Act.
The Commission on Social Welfare was unable to ascertain why these benefits were not
transferred to the Department of Health under the 1953 Health Act. In 1986 both
Departments continued that it was long term policy to have the benefits transferred to the
Department of Health. The Department of Health reiterated this policy in a letter in 1988 to
the Commission on Health Funding. There has been no policy statement since then by either
party, but recent policy developments would appear to have deepened the commitment of the
Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs to retaining the DTBS.|
|Keywords: ||DENTAL HEALTH CARE|
|Appears in Collections: ||Government Reports|
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