Dental treatments: Almost every third person does not have a bonus booklet



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Money given away with dentures: Almost every third person does not have a bonus booklet. The health insurance company DAK advises: Secure your dentist stamp by the end of the year / No supply bottlenecks with substitute funds.

Almost every third treatment and cost plan for dental treatment is submitted to the DAK without a bonus booklet. The health insured lose lucrative subsidies for dentures. "With a complete bonus booklet you can save a lot of money", says DAK dental expert Ute Salge-Krause and emphasizes: "Insured persons can increase their respective fixed allowance by up to 30 percent." Therefore: Who doesn’t have a stamp for 2010 yet has in his dentist bonus booklet, you should make up for it and make an appointment for a check-up quickly.

No postponement of appointments with dentists
The DAK does not have a supply bottleneck that was recently reported in the press. "Our policyholders can continue to rely on good care and will get an appointment this year," says Ute Salge-Krause. Several daily newspapers had reported that dental treatments would be postponed to the coming year due to the budget used up. The budgets of many statutory health insurance companies would be used up, according to the Federal Association of Statutory Health Insurance Dentists. The health insurance companies contradict this. You are not aware that dentists would postpone the appointments to the coming year. Only in a single case would an insured have complained. In addition, such a practice is illegal, since the doctors are obliged to treat the patients.

Bonus booklet brings cash - that's how it works The bonus booklet is proof of the annual check-up at the dentist. "Anyone who has regularly attended a preventive check-up in the last five calendar years before the start of treatment increases the fixed allowance for crowns, bridges and prostheses by 20 percent," explains the DAK expert. “For insured persons who have been to the dentist regularly in the last ten calendar years, the fixed allowance even increases to 30 percent. However, the year in which the treatment is carried out does not count. "

Six-monthly check-up under 17 years of age Unlike adults, children and adolescents between six and 17 years of age have to have their teeth examined once every six months in order to receive the bonus. The check-up is free. "The ten euro practice fee is only due when the dentist has finished a treatment," says Ute Salge-Krause from the DAK. (pm, sb, 04.11.2010)

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