The costs of dental procedures in the Netherlands are determined each year by the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa).
All dentists use fixed rates for different parts of treatments. This means that the dentist may never charge more than the maximum rate for a specific treatment. As a result, you see that the rates are almost the same at every dental clinic, in the whole country.
However, this doesn’t necessarily say that the patient will pay the same amount of money at every dentist.
Each part of a treatment has its own code and the rates are set per code. One dentist may decide to put more components into a treatment than another dentist, for example an extra x-ray or follow-up or the use of a different material. This may then lead to price differences.
There is one standard of dentistry in the country which operates under the same set of rules and with the same insurers. As a result, there is no such thing as a low-cost dental care in the country.
However, although it isn’t necessarily cheap when compared tos ome other European counctries, Dutch dental care can be considered affordable in relation tot he avarge salary.
Treatment plan and costs
During the patient’s visit, the dentist will evaluate the patients needs and explain the available options and the associated costs. The patient then receives a personal treatment plan and specifies the costs. This way there should be no unpleasant financial surprises afterwards.
Children’s dental care in the Netherlands
Fortunately all dental care is free for children under the age of 18 under basic Dutch health insurance.
However, orthodontic treatment is not covered.