From the 1st July, children aged between eight and ten will no longer need additional insurance to cover their dental costs, as the Israeli government will now cover this. The Cabinet unanimously approved the plan, which is due to help many people who are in oral health poverty, as just like their American counterparts, many cannot afford the costs attributed to dental work. At this moment in time, the cost of this will be NIS 80 million.
Initiated by the Deputy Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman, the plan is set to be launched in stages and children aged up to twelve will be eligible. By 2014, children aged up to fourteen will be able to claim for free dental health care. At present, there is a set cost of NIS 20 for check-ups, X-Rays, fillings and extractions.
It has been reported that between July 2010 and March 2011, 190,000 children aged up to eight years old had benefitted from the plans made by the government. The average cost of dental treatment for a child of this age was NIS 935 and the success of the plan is due to spread to older children.
Furthermore, the government said in 2010 that private practices could participate in the program as long as they were not-for-profit. Not one NPO (Non-Profit-Organisations) has been formed so far but this situation could always change.
No matter what the governments’ critics are saying, at least this is one helpful way in which they are assisting their citizens.