• France's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Dental care becoming a 'luxury' in France

Ben McPartland · 25 Nov 2013, 13:04

Published: 25 Nov 2013 13:04 GMT+01:00

In its recent report the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) commended France’s health care system for having the second lowest up-front charges for patients in Europe.

However the country’s dental care system does not appear to be in as good a condition and has come in for criticism by a collective of French consumer rights groups on Monday.

In their joint report that will appear on the website of rights group “60 Million Consumers” the collective says access to dental care in France is becoming a “luxury” and denounced the high costs of treatment and "abuses" by dentists, which are putting many patients of seeking the necessary care.

In the French health system most patients are required to pay up front for the treatment, which is then reimbursed to varying degrees by a combination of the state and private insurance companies called “mutuelles”.

However consumer groups say far too little of the increasing costs of care are being handed back to patients. In 2012 the state’s social security system did not reimburse a total of €6 billion that the public had spent on health care, according to the report.

The report points to the steep costs of having a crown put on, or even a false tooth being inserted, which cost the patient up to €400, less than half of which is reimbursed.

And for orthodontic treatment, of which the average cost is €650 a month, less than €200 will be paid back by the state’s health insurance “L'Assurance maladie”.

The report accuses dentists of abusing the system by charging way over the odds for treatment. Not mincing it’s the report talks of “fraud” and “unacceptable abuses” on the part of dentists, pointing to the fact some of them are charging 86 percent higher for the removal of a wisdom tooth than the recommended price laid down by the 2006 Dental Convention.

Story continues below…

They are also opting to offer patients the most expensive form of treatment despite cheaper options being available, the report claims.

How have you found dental care in France? Exhorbitant or still way cheaper than in the US, Britain or Ireland?

Ben McPartland (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
'I feel no guilt': French boss defends €2.5m salary hike
"I earn this much". Peugeot Citroen boss Carlos Tavares defends his salary. Photo: AFP

The boss of French car giant Peugeot says he feels no guilt over his €2.5million salary rise and the criticism is all part of his pay packet.

Nine must-see landmarks in Paris you may have missed
Photo: AFP

You've seen the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame Cathedral. So what next?

Cap on EU roaming charges set to kick in
Photo: zoetnet/Flickr

EU mobile users will soon be calling from Alicante to Zagreb at lower prices.

UK pair charged with funding Paris attacks suspect
Photo: Police

Two UK nationals have been charged with handing over to cash to a suspect in the Paris terror attacks.

Paris makes love-lock bridge even more love-lock proof
Photo: Michel Gauret/No Love Locks

Good luck attaching a love lock now.

France gets tough on Muslim footballers praying on pitch
Archive photo of Muslims praying on a sports pitch in France. Photo: AFP

Authorities in the Riviera city of Nice are cracking down on Muslims praying on their football pitches, arguing it is against France's Republican principles.

What's on in France: Ten great things to do in May
Photo: AFP

Events to keep you entertained as summer approaches.

Labour reform protests
Who are the masked rioters causing havoc in France?
Photos: AFP

Who's smashing up shops, banks, and bus stops - and attacking the French police force?

Defending 'monsters': Meet Abdeslam's French lawyer
Frank Berton, lawyer to suspected Paris terror attacker Salah Abdeslam. Photo: AFP

Even terrorists need a lawyer. And the Frenchman defending Salah Abdeslam says he hesitated to take the job.

Dozens more held after violent clashes in Paris
Photos: AFP

Another 24 people were arrested in Paris overnight, following a day of protests that left two dozen police officers injured.

Sponsored Article
How to launch your international career
Society
Protesters clash with police over France's new labour laws
Sponsored Article
What's the best way for expats to transfer money abroad?
National
French dangerously 'unprepared' for future natural disasters
Is it really safe to come to France for Euro 2016?
Sponsored Article
Education abroad: How to find an international school
National
Salah Abdeslam: Pot-smoking 'little moron' is finally back in Paris
Society
PICTURES: Snow falls in Paris... at the end of April?
Rail strike: Passengers in France face major disruption
Cats in a cafe?!? Nine of the quirkiest things you can see in Paris
Sponsored Article
Retiring abroad: ensuring your health is covered
National
VIDEO: The moment a Paris suicide bomber blew himself up
National
Why there's another rail strike in France and why there will be more
National
Winter is coming (back). Why is France so cold right now?
National
WWI's Anzac Day heroes honoured in northern France service
Lifestyle
VIDEO: Did you know all these stars spoke great French?
Culture
How did the French end up with their 'crazy' numbers?
Politics
Why this man could become the next president of France
Society
VIDEO: Jewellers in southern France raided by... swarm of bees
Culture
Did you know the strange origins of these six French curse words?
Why are more and more people dying on French roads?
National
VIDEO: Mass street brawl erupts at Paris migrant camp
Culture
Film 'Chocolat' highlights taboo of race problem in French cinema
Society
British people have been urged to come to France... and to get naked
Culture
15 reasons Clermont-Ferrand is the best place in France
National
Eight tips for buying wine in a French supermarket
Culture
Steven Spielberg and Jodie Foster top star-studded Cannes cast
2,776
jobs available