Since 2008, seven million dental checks have been issued, but two million have been wasted and have never been used.
According to the Jornal de Notícias, which advances the news this Monday, the rate of use of the dental check in 2020 – issued, in that year, 554,504 times – was of 70%, a number that has been falling successively since 2016.
Since 2008, that is, in the last 12 years, only five of the seven million checks issued have been used, according to data from the Transparency Portal of the National Health Service (SNS).
There are several reasons for this situation. One of them is related to the public ignoranceo about a program created to ensure free access to dental care, paying for the acts provided by one of the more than six thousand physicians adhering to the program across the country.
This program is aimed at children and young people from 7 to 18 years old who attend public education or IPSS, pregnant women followed in the NHS, beneficiaries of the solidarity complement, users with HIV / AIDS and lesions suspected of being oral cancer. The JN also says that it will be extended up to four years and also to students from private and cooperative education
The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) promised an audit to the program later this year, with the aim of confirming that all treatments paid for by the dental check have actually been carried out.
The Order of Dentists, on the other hand, reformulation of the program and a more ambitious audit. The president of the Order of Dentists, Miguel Pavão, argues that the program should bet more on prevention than treatment and review values, since prices have not been updated since the troika, when it went from 40 to 35 euros.
Maria Campos, ZAP //