Dentists have dropped out of the medical card scheme in record numbers.
“Dental services for Mayo are being allowed to collapse. Almost half of the dentists in Mayo have left the medical card dental scheme since January 2020. This has been caused by harsh cuts in spending on dental treatment. “We know that there was a cut of 40% between 2017 and 2020 in Mayo – with an average of 34% across the state as a whole. That has led to dentists leaving the medical card scheme In their droves,” said Deputy Conway-Walsh.
The Erris TD said the situation is particularly concerning in Mayo.
There are 285 less dentists in the scheme today than 18 months ago. That represents a drop of 19%. As alarming as those figures are, Mayo has fared significantly worse with a drop from 52 dentists to 29 in the last year and a half. That is a 44% drop – more than double the national average. My office has received calls from people all over Mayo trying to access dental services. The problem seems to be worst in North Mayo, particularly Ballina,” she added.