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Dental Tariff as set by the SSO

I just came across this and thought I'd share it - http://www.sso.ch/doc/doc_download.c...CER_AUTOLINK&&

It appears to be a simple tariff reference for dental treatment and also includes an example of how you'd work out what you might expect to pay. Though it should be noted, these costs do not include the the dental work rate (I guess you could read that as: Labour)

I've roughly translated through google and it appears to be useful. For knowing that you're getting a competitive quote more than anything else.

There is a small chance that I could be very wrong in posting this link i.e. it's not what I think it is, OR it could be out of date. If anyone notices either of the above to be true, I'd appreciate you letting me know.

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It appears to be a simple tariff reference for dental treatment and also includes an example of how you'd work out what you might expect to pay. Though it should be noted, these costs do not include the the dental work rate (I guess you could read that as: Labour)
Thanks, but I must tell you that what you call "Labour" (not in the obstetric sense -- after all, we are dealing with another orifice here ) IS included in those figures. The only item that is not clearly stated because doing such is impossible is the Taxpunktwert (TPW). That's a figure calculated based on the overheads of the respective practice. The CHF 5.80 mentioned are just the maximum that is currently legally allowed. Most dentists are way cheaper. If yours charges you CHF 5.80 per Taxpunkt, there must be solid gold door handles and faucets. Steer clear of such a place.

On the other hand, please keep in mind that a low Taxpunktwert does not necessarily mean that the dentist charges you less. It may just as well mean that you'll get additionally charged for petty stuff like informing you about details of the planned treatment and many other things that the guy with the higher Taxpunktwert possibly will not put on the invoice. Reality is more complex than what meets the eye.

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No, you are right, it is exactly what you think, and it is up to date. The only thing is, it's not complete; It's just a short version of the complete tariff. However, the items that are not listed are very, very rarely used, so it does not really matter.
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My understanding though is that dentists do not have to apply those tarifs.
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Thanks, but I must tell you that what you call "Labour" (not in the obstetric sense -- after all, we are dealing with another orifice here ) IS included in those figures. The only item that is not clearly stated because doing such is impossible is the Taxpunktwert (TPW).
OK, you may be right with the labour. I was going on a google translation of this page here: http://www.sso.ch/index.cfm?uuid=5B0...CER_AUTOLINK&&

I'm aware of the Taxpunktwerkt - even found a web site that lists dentists according to their Taxpunktwert figure too!
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Oh yes they do, unless there is a written and mutually signed agreement between them and the patient that says otherwise, which is very rare. The tariff is part of a long-term contract between the SSO (Swiss Dental Association) and various federal authorities and agencies, and it's binding, even for dentist who are not members of the SSO, which, again, is very rare.
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