Harbi ap­proves new den­tal fees for ex­pats

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KUWAIT: Health Min­is­ter Dr Ja­mal Al-Harbi is­sued a de­ci­sion to in­crease the fees for den­tal ser­vices for ex­pats, as part of the health fee in­creases which came into ef­fect this month. Harbi ap­proved the mech­a­nism to col­lect fees for den­tal ser­vices and surg­eries - KD 2 for each visit, in ad­di­tion to charges for each med­i­cal pro­ce­dure the pa­tient needs on ev­ery visit.

The de­ci­sion in­cludes x-ray fees when­ever the pa­tient needs it, to be col­lected once only if it is for the same tooth on the same visit. Ex­pats will be re­ceived at spe­cial­ized den­tal clin­ics by re­fer­ral from pri­mary care clin­ics after the ini­tial treat­ment is com­pleted (fill­ing, ex­trac­tion or clean­ing).

The new mech­a­nism stip­u­lates that for pro­ce­dures need­ing more than one ses­sion to be com­pleted, the pa­tient pays only once.

Tem­po­rary fill­ings fol­low­ing pro­ce­dures such as a root canal will be con­sid­ered within the treat­ment and ex­tra charges will not be col­lected. The de­ci­sion ex­empts ex­pat chil­dren with special needs, can­cer pa­tients and those with con­gen­i­tal de­fects in the mouth cav­ity up to 12 years of age from pay­ing the new fees.

Mo­bile prosthodon­tics for up­per and lower jaws will cost KD 30. Den­tures for ei­ther jaw cost KD 15, par­tial den­tures KD 10, in ad­di­tion to fix­ing one mo­bile tooth for KD 5. As for surg­eries, fees for ex­trac­tion will be KD 2, but sur­gi­cal ex­trac­tion and re­moval of ab­scess will cost KD 5. Treat­ment of frac­tures of the mouth and jaws will cost KD 35.

Clean­ing of gums will cost KD 5, but op­er­a­tions of all types for each tooth will cost KD 10. Root canal will cost KD 2 for par­tial re­moval, while pre­lim­i­nary treat­ment of the front tooth costs KD 5 and KD 10 for the back tooth, with the same fees for re­peated treat­ment of the front tooth and KD 15 for re­peated treat­ment of the back tooth.

Tem­po­rary fill­ings cost KD 2, and per­ma­nent ones KD 5. For chil­dren, the fee for clean­ing and treat­ment by flu­o­ride and pre­ven­tive fill­ings for each tem­po­rary tooth is KD 2. A per­ma­nent fill­ing will cost KD 5, and KD 10 for root canal of ev­ery tem­po­rary tooth with a metal crown. KD 5 will be charged for each root canal with a per­ma­nent fill­ing. Ex­tract­ing a milk tooth will cost KD 2, and KD 5 for each space pro­tec­tor for each side, and the treat­ment of a bro­ken tooth. The fee for xrays for each tooth is KD 2, KD 5 for a panoramic x-ray and KD 10 for a CT scan.

Ja­mal Al-Harbi

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