A new agreement between Icelandic Health Insurance (Sjúkratryggingar Íslands) and the Icelandic Dentists Association takes effect today. According to the new agreement, apart from a ISK 2,500 annual fee (USD 20, EUR 15.70), the dental treatment of children will be paid in full by Icelandic Health Insurance.
The role of the agreement is to offer children regular checkups, preventative measures and other necessary treatment free of charge with the aim of ensuring that the dental health of children is among the best in the Nordic countries, Fréttablaðið reports.
The agreement, which runs until April 30, 2019, will be implemented in stages with 15 to 17-year-old children the first to be eligible for the program.
The latest Eurostat report revealed that Icelanders spend more on dentistry than almost any other country in Europe; only the Greeks, Swiss and Portuguese spend a higher percentage of their income on such medical services.