Dep’t head: Child dental care effort is lacking

07.10.2011                      10.Cheschwan. 5772                      Ta'anit BH"B

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Dep’t head: Child dental care effort is lacking

Litzman's child dental plan 'underused,' faulted for lack of objective assessment; planned expansion to age 18 in current form is questioned.

Although Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman regularly boasts about the “success” of his NIS 235 million-a-year dental program for children, senior dental experts charge that only 15 percent to 20% have taken advantage of it and those in charge refuse to allow an independent, objective assessment of it.
Since the program – which offers free or subsidized basic dental care to children from birth through age 10 – began in the summer of 2010, 145,000 children have been examined or treated….