Health insurance funds: more orthodontic appliances are being reimbursed


2021 11 09


New orthodontic appliances have been added to the list of orthopedic technical devices reimbursed by the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund (CHIF). At the same time, their basic compensation prices were set.

Children with diseases of the oral cavity, jaw, and congenital malformations of the skull and facial bones will henceforth have a wider choice of compensatory orthodontic appliances. As many as seven such devices have been reimbursed from the CHIF. The cost of CHIF to compensate for new orthodontic appliances is estimated to be around half a million euros per year.

The compensatory price for a newly listed removable functional device for both jaws is EUR 197 and for a non-removable one EUR 400. The basic price of the rapid expansion apparatus is EUR 210, that of the orthodontic trainer EUR 106, that of the distal maxillary tension apparatus EUR 165, that of the upper jaw face mask EUR 114 and that of the orthodontic auger for skeletal support EUR 164.

Statistics show that dental institutions with contracts with health insurance funds, on average, use about 800 functional devices of both jaws (removable and non-removable), 500 orthodontic trainers, 170 rapid expansion apparatus, 380 maxillary distal devices per year for children in need of orthodontic correction. stretching apparatus, 120 upper jaw face masks, 310 orthodontic screws for skeletal support. 

Orthodontic retainers and braces are also reimbursed from the CHIF for children under 18 years of age for certain diseases and conditions. Orthodontic appliances may be prescribed by an orthodontist.

In 2021, a total of EUR 1.6 million was allocated to CHIF orthodontic appliances. 

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