Fine Gael to promise return of dental benefits
Fine Gael will promise to restore a range of dental benefits, including subsidised fillings and extractions, if re-elected, the Irish Independent understands.
The Treatment Benefit Scheme was greatly curtailed in 2010 but is now one of the areas being looked at by Fine Gael ahead of their manifesto launch.
The party will lower the point at which workers start paying PRSI from €18,000 to €13,000 but in return will promise "real benefits".
"Dental benefits arising from an employee paying PRSI were reduced by Fianna Fáil in their final budget, to only cover the cost of an annual check-up.
"This means that subsidies for other treatments, such as fillings and extractions, were removed despite the fact that people who use this scheme found themselves then paying increased 'social insurance charges' through the USC," said a party source.
They added that the changes to PRSI will come in the context of the party's plan to abolish USC and "recognises that people should see a real and tangible benefit for social insurance contributions".
Fine Gael will also promise new paternity benefits through PRSI.