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Hi,
this year I am goin to spend around 8000 CHF for dental treatment for my jung daughter. I have no insurance for this.

Will this be taken into account somehow in the next year's tax declaration? That is I am going to get some of that money back from the government? If yes what should I expect?

Please share your experience / knowledge.

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Old 30.03.2015, 20:19
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Re: dental care

I do not think it is tax deductible.

If you plan to spend CHF 8000.00 on dental work, then I would look at having it done in Germany or even further away. Both Hungary and India have a good reputation for excellent dentists at reasonable prices.

I recently had about EUR 5000.00 worth done in Germany (Jestetten) and can recommend Dr. Horwath. Everyone speaks English, well equipped with the latest technology and extremely friendly. Their web site is even in English (and German). Only 35 minute drive from Zurich.
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I do not think it is tax deductible.

If you plan to spend CHF 8000.00 on dental work, then I would look at having it done in Germany or even further away. Both Hungary and India have a good reputation for excellent dentists at reasonable prices.

I recently had about EUR 5000.00 worth done in Germany (Jestetten) and can recommend Dr. Horwath. Everyone speaks English, well equipped with the latest technology and extremely friendly. Their web site is even in English (and German). Only 35 minute drive from Zurich.
I only would go to Hungary or India if i were Hungarian or Indian.
What to do if you would have trouble afterwards? Fly back?
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I only would go to Hungary or India if i were Hungarian or Indian.
What to do if you would have trouble afterwards? Fly back?
No, then you go to Germany and have them fix it.

That is why it is important to go to a very good and reputable dentist in Hungary or India. It is a risk yes, but plenty of people have done this and are happy with the results.
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I only would go to Hungary or India if i were Hungarian or Indian.
What to do if you would have trouble afterwards? Fly back?
Especially as this concerns your daughter's and not your teeth, OP, please think twice before going out of the country. Maybe you'll be ok with hopping in a plane a couple years down the line if problems arise with your teeth, but your daughter might not.

Nothing against foreign dentists, but take the possible downsides into consideration very carefully when thinking about others' healthcare.

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No, then you go to Germany and have them fix it.

That is why it is important to go to a very good and reputable dentist in Hungary or India. It is a risk yes, but plenty of people have done this and are happy with the results.
Others might have done it, but here we're talking about treatment being done on someone else than the OP. Understandable that OP is the one who'll have to bear the cost for the underage child, but the daughter will have to bear the tooth-related direct consequences if things go pear-shaped. I, for one, would not do this.

OP, call your local tax office and ask about the ability to deduct costs. IIRC there is a space in the tax declaration where you can state dental expenses, but ask your tax office to be sure as I'm not a tax professional.

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Re: dental care

You might also be wise to get a second opinion.

If she has a C permit, was born in Switzerland or has a swiss passport then congenital (birth) problems might be covered. Best to speak to your dentist..the dentist may also be willing to have some sort of payment plan.

If it is cosmetic dentistry, just to make everything straight and pretty, then there is some point of choice here...the dentist might be able to advise whether it is urgent and the advantage of doing it sooner or later...and risks. And ultimately you can decide not to do it because it's not affordable... It all depends how bad it really is...and what the consequences could be...
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If she has a C permit, was born in Switzerland or has a swiss passport then congenital (birth) problems might be covered. Best to speak to your dentist...
Since the OP mentioned an amount, I assume there already is some kind of an estimate. That most likely is based on an exam, assessment and treatment plan, which should include the evaluation of possible congenital problems already.

Unless those CHF 8000.00 are based on what the treatment of the seemingly comparable problem of the neighbor's niece cost....
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Re: dental care

In principle I could spend that money, as the place (Schulzahnklinik in Uster) has a good reputation and has some agreement with the local school.

However I have already shell out around 5000 CHF and not they've come out with a new care plan. What really pisses me off is that this was not told before, when they did the first estimation of 5k.

It looks much like those mechanics, who always find some problem in your car to keep the billing on...

Germany seems a good option, maybe someone of you knows some doctor in Konstanz (I can speak German)?

Thank you every one for your tips.
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Prague is another option, professional and so cheap.
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Germany seems a good option, maybe someone of you knows some doctor in Konstanz (I can speak German)?

Thank you every one for your tips.
I know even some Swiss people who go to Germany, don't listen to naysayers.
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Dental costs are tax deductable.
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In principle I could spend that money, as the place (Schulzahnklinik in Uster) has a good reputation and has some agreement with the local school.

However I have already shell out around 5000 CHF and not they've come out with a new care plan. What really pisses me off is that this was not told before, when they did the first estimation of 5k.

It looks much like those mechanics, who always find some problem in your car to keep the billing on...

Germany seems a good option, maybe someone of you knows some doctor in Konstanz (I can speak German)?

Thank you every one for your tips.
With a treatment plan that high, I would request a second opinion. All your health records belong to you, they are your property. You can ask your dentist for them or a copy of them at the very least. Then take them with you to a new one and make an appointment for a consultation.

I did this after I needed some dental work after an accident. The first dentist was just bad. The second dentist did the operation, root canal and applied the crowns. I'm happy with it now. The only crappy thing is that you'll pay extra for the consultation.
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