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Dentist fees go up 4.5% but orthodonists are cheaper

Wednesday 21 November 2012

The fees which dentists are officially allowed to charge next year will be based on 2011's fees plus 4.5%, the Dutch health authority said on Wednesday.

This year dentists were free to set their own charges but the experiment has been dropped after MPs said prices had risen too sharply.

The new charges will come into effect in January.

However, the cost of visiting an orthodontist will be down 16% on 2011's prices as part of government efforts to force down prices. Orthodontists fees were also cut by 16% in 2011.

Your thoughts on the Dutch system of dental healthcare? Use the comment box below.

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Readers' Comments

The government treats its citizens like guinea pigs. They legislate privately passing and implementing laws which have costly impacts on our lives only to reverse them months and sometimes year later when they discover that they don't work or are unfair. In the meantime we pay for their mistakes. This government needs to base their decisions on better modeling and testing prior to implementation. This happens all too often.

By Quince | 21 November 2012 4:06 PM

Good for emergency treatment, extractions, check-ups, the rest abroad. :)

By The visitor | 21 November 2012 5:49 PM

Yup, I do the same as The Visitor. Urgent dental care in the Netherlands, everything else in France during trips home. Last time I went for a cleaning here they insisted on doing it in 3 sittings, and so charging me 120€. In France it's just a single 15min job, for 5 times less. Ridiculous!!!! But I have to say that unlike doctors, dutch dentists are quite good.

By Sedirea | 22 November 2012 9:05 AM

I didn't realised the government regulated dentistry costs also. It's actually surprising how many so-called "private" companies are regulated by the government, all to ensure they get their cut. No wonder the economy is going downhill... the government is trying to control everything. How do they know the best business model for every sector? I'm continually impressed by their knowledge and expertise on almost everything.

By Damian | 22 November 2012 9:59 AM

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