Service voucher in dental care

The City of Espoo Oral Health Services will test the use of service vouchers in the Matinkylä area from 3 August 2020 until 31 December 2021.

The city may offer a service voucher to Espoo residents who are over 18 years old and who are assessed to only need few services. Service vouchers will be granted to residents within the limits of the funds allocated to the trial. You can use a service voucher at certain designated private dental clinics in the Matinkylä area. You can choose Finnish, Swedish or English as the language in which you will receive service. All the private dental clinics are accessible.

The service voucher is flexible and allows you to receive the treatment you need with certain limitations. First, a dentist at the private dental clinic will examine you to assess your need for treatment. You will then be given a cost estimate for your treatment and, if you want, you can stop using your service voucher.

What is a service voucher?

A service voucher is an alternative to the services that are provided or outsourced by a municipality. The municipality determines the value of a service voucher and chooses the service providers whose services can be paid for by a voucher. The client will have to personally pay the difference between the service provider’s price and the value of the service voucher.

What kind of treatment is available with a service voucher?

In addition to a basic oral examination, the service voucher covers X-rays and the treatment of up to three teeth, including the required anaesthetics. The treatment of a tooth refers to a filling, root canal treatment or extraction. Based on the assessment of your need for treatment, you may also receive preventive treatment or treatment for gum tissue diseases. The service voucher does not cover emergency services, prostheses, occlusal splints, orthodontic treatment or surgeries.

How much does treatment cost?

The final price of your treatment depends on the procedures you needed. You can find examples of client charges in the table below and compare the prices to the client fees charged at the city’s own dental clinics. The client charges paid by a service voucher user do not count towards the annual payment ceiling specified in the Act on Client Charges in Healthcare and Social Welfare (734/1992, section 6 a), neither does any treatment carried out at the City of Espoo’s own dental clinics.

Further information coming on July 2020.

Examples of treatment

Client fee at a City of Espoo dental clinic

Maximum client charge in private dental clinic
Dental examination. One visit. EUR 49

EUR 54 

(Total  maximum price EUR 94, service voucher value EUR 40).

Dental examination and removal of calculus. One visit.

EUR 57

EUR 69 

(Total maximum price EUR 121, service voucher value EUR 52)

Filling of a small cavity on one tooth, including the required examinations, imaging and anaesthetics, removal of calculus. 2 visits in total. EUR 95

EUR 115 

(Total maximum price EUR 193, service voucher value EUR 78)

Extraction of a wisdom tooth and removal of calculus, including the required examinations, imaging and anaesthetics. 3 visits in total. EUR 139

EUR 196 

(Total maximum price EUR 341, service voucher value EUR 145)

Filling of cavities on three teeth and removal of calculus, including the required examinations, imaging and anaesthetics. 3 visits in total. EUR 239

EUR 316

(Total maximum price EUR 492, service voucher value EUR 176

Root canal treatment of a tooth, filling of cavities on two teeth and removal of calculus, including the required examinations, imaging and anaesthetics. 5 visits in total. EUR 330

EUR 423

(Total maximum price EUR 668, service voucher value EUR 245

Extraction of one tooth under anaesthetic, filling of cavities on two teeth and removal of calculus, including the required examinations, imaging and anaesthetics. 5 visits in total. EUR 300 EUR 405 

(Total maximum price EUR 663, service voucher value EUR 258)