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Dental care for children - France or Switzerland?

I wonder if anyone has "inside knowledge" of dental costs for CHILDREN.

At the moment, we have no dental cover and we pop over the border to a French dentist; example of fees: check up and filling for a child was €41, which I thought was OK. I've tried to get a list of various dental treatments and costs from the same dentist, but it's all being vague (nothing in writing, "it depends on what treatment you would need"... yes, so tell me!), I suspect because we live in Switzerland and not all we pay him is declared on his tax (takes cash only!).

When I enquired about a check up in Geneva, I fell off my chair, it was simply too prohibitive. I asked our health insurance for an upgrade including dental care for the children, and I was given two quotes of particular interest:

- dental and orthodontic care up to 75% max 15000 CHF per year, 0CHF franchise, for 24CHF/month
- the second one would only cover orthodontic care, same figures as above, for 4CHF/month.

My questions are:
-Does anyone know/have a list of dental treatment cost in France or knows where to get one?
-Would it be worth doing dental treatment in France but take orthondontic care on Swiss insurance, or would the 25% left to pay would still be a lot higher than full cost in France?

We are on a tight budget but at the same time I want the children, at least, to be given good dental care. Why this is not considered as basic care in Switzerland is beyond me, as I'm sure there are many children who do not get any dental care at all if these costs are so high.
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Old 15.04.2012, 12:06
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Re: Dental care for children - France or Switzerland?

There are differing views on this one, some say Swiss care is better, some disagree.

For what it is worth, I have all my dental work done in France ( because I have to pay for it ) and I have all my children's dental work done in Switzerland (because it is completely covered under their dental plan).

If I had to take my children to France for their dental care I would not be in the least bit worried. I do not accept that we pay more for Swiss dental care for children because care more for our children than the French do. That is simply ludicrous.

My feelings are that it is simply down to economics. We get paid more in Switzerland, ergo, we pay more for things.

If you would like the name and number of a dentist in Divonne who is fantastic and has had excellent reviews from friends who have taken their children to him then let me know.
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Re: Dental care for children - France or Switzerland?

Thank you, and as you pointed out quite rightly, it's down to economics.

Even with higher salaries, I am still in shock at the cost of dental care in Switzerland, and that's not even orthodontic treatment. That is why I am still trying to make comparisons between French and Swiss prices, as I am wondering whether paying 25% of orthodontic treatment in CH is not in fact as expensive as paying 100% in France. Does anyone know?

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There are differing views on this one, some say Swiss care is better, some disagree.

For what it is worth, I have all my dental work done in France ( because I have to pay for it ) and I have all my children's dental work done in Switzerland (because it is completely covered under their dental plan).

If I had to take my children to France for their dental care I would not be in the least bit worried. I do not accept that we pay more for Swiss dental care for children because care more for our children than the French do. That is simply ludicrous.

My feelings are that it is simply down to economics. We get paid more in Switzerland, ergo, we pay more for things.

If you would like the name and number of a dentist in Divonne who is fantastic and has had excellent reviews from friends who have taken their children to him then let me know.
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Re: Dental care for children - France or Switzerland?

We've found a really good dentist in Pontarlier - problem is, they are always so busy, it is almost impossible to get an appointment!
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Re: Dental care for children - France or Switzerland?

We found great dentist at Zurich. Good price with a great quality.

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Re: Dental care for children - France or Switzerland?

We did comparisons (actually live with same kid getting same treatment in Zurich and Konstanz), 2 to 3 times less expensive in Germany (need to get there but you can couple it with some shopping).
So as we say in French, "il n'y a pas photo".
We used http://www.jansen-zahnarzt.de/ and can recommend for routine dental care for 8yr old.
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Old 26.07.2012, 08:39
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Re: Dental care for children - France or Switzerland?

My German teacher (She is 100% Swiss) once talked about this topic and said that many Swiss go to Germany or France for dental procedures because in Switzerland it is very expensive. I don't have any personal experience but when she mentioned prices in CH they quite matched the Central London ones, if this is of any help.
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Re: Dental care for children - France or Switzerland?

For children, i would suggest dental care in Switzerland.

Me and My Husband are quite satisfied with Adent Clinics in Ecublens and they also have branch in Geneva.

i think compare with other dental care in switzerland, their price is quite affordable. Price for check up is around 50-80, x-rays is 16, composite filling for 1 and 2 face are 137 and 204, anesthesia is 40 CHF. And you got 10% disc if you pay directly (cash or EC)

Not all of the dentist and nurse speak english, but they will be an english speaking nurse and dentist.
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Old 26.07.2012, 12:52
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Re: Dental care for children - France or Switzerland?

Our Swiss dentist decided to X-ray our son's teeth (he's 6) and discovered cavities between all his molars, which would have been impossible to detect otherwise. He advised filling them in. I've just received the bill: 1155.20 CHF. I'm trying to recover
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Re: Dental care for children - France or Switzerland?

Hello Tuborg,

could you please give me the name of your Divonne dentist, the one who seems to be so fantastic? I want to find a dentist there. Had twice in Lausanne the bad experience of having had teeth checked because I suspected a hole somewhere, and have been charged 380 CHF by the first one and 440 CHF by the second one... no holes found but my teeth still ache!!!

Thank you very much in advance,

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Re: Dental care for children - France or Switzerland?

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-Does anyone know/have a list of dental treatment cost in France or knows where to get one?
I realise this is an old thread, but on the off chance that someone searches and finds it, this might be helpful...

If you can find a dentist in France who is conventionné (that is to say, one who charges the state-approved rates for his services), the following website will give you a good idea for the cost of having dental work done:

http://www.ameli.fr/assures/soins-et...-dentaires.php

In Paris, it was tough to find a dentist who was conventionné, but in Alsace it was much easier. I now see a dentist in Huningue, ten minutes from Basel, and pay out-of-pocket for my treatments.

Standard treatments that might be of interest:

Routine cleaning: 28,92 €
Filling: 16.87 € - 40.97 €
Extraction (child's tooth): 16,72 €
Extraction (adult's tooth): 33,44 €
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Old 28.06.2013, 14:03
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Re: Dental care for children - France or Switzerland?

Don't most places have a school dentist (which is free)?

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Re: Dental care for children - France or Switzerland?

Schools have Dentists for free but if there is any problem in the tooth then they will send a letter with the kid and we have to take them for further examination. My son had a problem in a tooth and the dentist from the school sent a letter and when we took him, he examined took x-ray and filled and we got a bill for 50 chf once just check up next 980 chf for x-ray and filling. Never thought of getting a bill this high. We thought school dentist so it must be of less charge but got a huge bill .
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