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Dental care subsidy

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The national dental care subsidy is intended to provide financial support to individuals in need of dental care, and as protection against high costs. It consists of general and special dental care allowance plus a high-cost protection.

Am I eligible for general dental care allowance?

You can receive general dental care allowance if you

  • turn at least 22 years of age during the year
  • are insured in Sweden. You are if you live or work here. There are some exceptions to this rule.

Even if you reside in a country other than Sweden, you may be eligible for general dental care allowance in certain circumstances.

What can I use my general dental care allowance for?

You can use your general dental care allowance for examinations, preventive treatments, and all other dental care that entitles you to national dental care subsidy. You can also use the allowance for partial payment of an agreement for subscription dental care.

Your dentist or dental hygienist will be able to tell you whether you can use your dental care allowance for the treatment you want.

How much do I get?

On 1 July every year, you receive a new dental care allowance. There is a credit at Försäkringskassan.

  • Your annual allowance is SEK 300 from the year you turn 22 until the year you turn 29.
  • Your annual allowance is SEK 150 from the year you turn 30 until the year you turn 64.
  • Your annual allowance is SEK 300 starting the year you turn 65.

You can save the allowance for the next year so you can use two allowances in a single year. But you can never have more than two allowance credits in your account at once. If you have two credits when 1 July rolls around, the new one simply replaces the older one.

How do I use my general dental care allowance?

To be able to use your general dental care allowance, you must go to a dentist or dental hygienist affiliated with the national dental care subsidy. Most are.

You do not need to apply for the allowance, but rather tell the dentist or dental hygienist that you want to use your general dental care allowance to pay a part of the cost. They will then deduct the allowance from your bill.

 

Can I receive special dental care allowance?

Special dental care allowance is a subsidy you can receive if you have certain illness or a certain disability that you negatively affect your dental health.

You can receive special dental care allowance if you

  • turn at least 22 years of age during the year
  • are insured in Sweden. You are if you live or work here. There are some exceptions to this rule.

Even if you reside in a country other than Sweden, you may be eligible for special dental care allowance in certain circumstances.

You may be eligible for the special dental care allowance if one of the following applies to you:

  • dry mouth due to long-term use of medication
  • dry mouth due to radiation treatment in the ear, nose, mouth or throat region
  • Sjögren's syndrome
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease having been prescribed oxygen or nutritional drink
  • cystic fibrosis
  • ulcerous colitis
  • Crohn's disease
  • intestinal failure
  • corrosion on the teeth and anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • difficult-to-treat diabetes
  • are undergoing dialysis treatment
  • a suppressed immune system due to use of medication,
  • have undergone an organ transplant.

Your dentist or dental hygienist will decide whether you are eligible for the allowance. In order for them to be able to assess whether you are entitled to the allowance, a basis of assessment is needed. The documentation required depends on what illness or disability you have. More information on these rules can be found on the National Board of Health and Welfare's website.

The National Board of Health and Welfare's regulations concerning special dental care allowance (SOSFS 2012:16) (socialstyrelsen.se)

What can I use the special dental care allowance for?

You can use the allowance for preventive dental health measures, such as check-ups and tooth cleaning. You can also use the special dental care allowance as partial payment for subscription dental care.

How much do I get?

The special dental care allowance is SEK 600 every six months. You receive the allowance on 1 January and 1 July each year.

You can divide use of the allowance up. For instance, you can use SEK 200 at one appointment and SEK 400 at the next appointment. You cannot carry over the allowance from one six-month period to the next.

How do I use my special dental care allowance?

To be able to use your special dental care allowance, you must go to a dentist or dental hygienist affiliated with the national dental care subsidy. Most are.

You do not need to apply for the allowance, but the dentist or dental hygienist must have a document confirming your illness or disability. If your dentist or dental hygienist determines you are entitled to the allowance, it is deducted from your bill.

 

How can I use the high-cost protection?

High-cost protection is for individuals who have high dental care costs. This means that once your costs exceed a certain amount, you only need to pay for part of the cost yourself.

You can receive dental care compensation through the high-cost protection if you

  • turn at least 22 years of age during the year
  • are insured in Sweden. You are if you live or work here. There are some exceptions to this rule.

Even if you reside in a country other than Sweden, you may be eligible for compensation through the high-cost protection in certain circumstances.

What can I use my high-cost protection for?

Your dentist or dental hygienist is obliged to let you know whether your treatment entitles you to compensation from high-cost protection or not. It applies for most treatments, but there are exceptions.

For example, you cannot receive compensation for teeth whitening, other forms of cosmetic dental care, or for dental care that is part of an agreement for subscription dental care.

Dental care that is part of treatment for an illness is not covered by the high-cost protection for dental care. Such dental care is subject to the county council’s regular patient fee and the county council’s high-cost protection for patient fees. For more information about this, please contact your county council or region.

How much do I get?

Any costs with a reference charge of up to SEK 3,000 you must pay yourself. You then receive compensation for

  • 50 per cent of costs with a reference charge between SEK 3,000 and 15,000
  • 85 per cent of costs with a reference charge that exceeds SEK 15,000.

The compensation is not calculated based on the price charged by the dentist. It is instead based on a reference charge. The reference charge is a fixed price set by the government for all procedures – i.e. examinations and treatments – eligible for compensation from the national dental care subsidy. The charge includes costs of materials.

The dentist or dental hygienist does not have to follow the reference charge. They can charge more or less if they like. The compensation will be based on the reference charge, even if your dentist or dental hygienist charges a higher price for a procedure than the reference charge. If they charge a lower price, the compensation will be based on the price you actually paid.

For some treatments, you can only receive compensation equivalent to getting a filling, even if you choose to have a crown fitted to fix the tooth. Similarly, for some treatments you can only receive compensation for a bridge, even if you choose to get an implant instead of a bridge. The dentist is obliged to let you know what applies in each individual case.

If you use your general or special dental care allowance to pay for part of your dental care costs, the allowance is detected before the high-cost protection is calculated.

High-cost protection is calculated year by year. This means that all procedures you have done during a consecutive twelve-month period are included in the high-cost protection.

You can choose to start a new compensation period before the old one expires. That might be to your benefit if you are about to undergo major dental work. Having several different procedures performed during the same period can bring you above reference charges of SEK 15,000 so that you receive more compensation for the remainder.

How do I use my high-cost protection?

To be able to receive compensation through the high-cost protection, you must go to a dentist or dental hygienist affiliated with the national dental care subsidy. Most are.

You do not need to apply for the compensation. Your dentist or dental hygienist will deduct it from your bill.       

 
Frequently asked questions Actions
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Frequently asked questions

For you to be able to apply the dental care subsidy as a patient, the care provider treating you must be affiliated. Most dental care providers are affiliated with the dental care subsidy.

Under subscription dental care, you and your dentist agree on a fixed charge that is valid for three years. You can use the general dental care allowance as partial payment for an agreement on subscription dental care.
However, prescription dental care is not covered by high-cost protection.

High-cost protection is calculated year by year. This means that all measures you have done during a consecutive twelve-month period are included  in the high-cost protection.
You can choose to start a new compensation period before the old one expires. That might be to your benefit if you are about to undergo major dental work. Having several different procedures performed during the same period can bring you above reference charges of SEK 15,000 so that you receive more compensation for the remainder.

The National Board of Health and Welfare decides which illnesses and disabilities entitle a person to special dental care allowance.
More information on these rules and on doctor's certificates can be found on the National Board of Health and Welfare's website.

National Board of Health and Welfare (socialstyrelsen.se) öppnas i nytt fönster

If you are dissatisfied with any dental care you have received or the amount you were charged, talk to your dentist about it. If you and the dentist are unable to reach agreement, you can file a formal complaint.

If you were treated through Swedish Dental Services, contact your county’s Patient Advisory Committee.

If it concerns private dental care, contact the Supervisory Board of the Association of Private Dentists at tel. 08-555 446 55 or e-mail:

info@ptl.se

Bear in mind that not all private dentists belong to the Association of Private Dentists.

If it concerns private dental care conducted by Praktikertjänst AB, contact the Complaint Board of Praktikertjänst at tel. 010-128 36 00 or e-mail:

synpunkter@ptj.se

If you feel that you have received the wrong treatment, you can contact the Health and Social Care Inspectorate (IVO).

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Yes, your care provider must have a list of both how much they charge and the reference charge for various procedures.

The price list must clearly indicate whether the dentist charges a higher price than the reference charge. The list must also say whether your dentist offers any kind of guarantee. You also have the right to ask your care provider for written information about the materials that they use.

If the treatment is more extensive, you are entitled to a written treatment plan. 

The plan must include:

  • the dentist’s diagnosis
  • the dental work that the dentist is suggesting and the reason for it
  • any proposals for alternative dental work
  • whether you may be eligible for compensation
  • how much the dentist charges and the reference charge for each procedure

The plan must be written in a way that the average person can understand.

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