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Dentist related question.. How much does a cavity filling cost?

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Hello fellow xpats,

Can someone please give me price range for the cost of one tooth cavity filling that Dentists charge in Bruxelles?
Thanks a lot!

R.Harris

The fee for an annual visit including cavity filling is €52.

Oct 14, 2016 13:31
kasseistamper

There are no hard and fast prices for any medical procedure. Dentists and doctors charge what the market will bear.
However there are minimum prices set by the government which are laid down on www.riziv.be and, if you don't speak Dutch, there is a link to the French version of the site. You can always ask whether your dentist or doctor charges the so-called 'conventional' - i.e. government minimum - rate.
However much you pay, the refund from your mutuelle is also fixed by law.

Oct 14, 2016 13:40
ukexpat

Thank you very much for your replies.
KASSEISTAMPER I don't speak Dutch and my French is basic. I visited the site you stated, and found this page:
http://www.riziv.fgov.be/fr/themes/cout-remboursement/par-mutualite/pres...
I opened this link: Tarifs des dentistes à partir du 1er juillet 2016
http://www.riziv.fgov.be/SiteCollectionDocuments/tarif_dentistes_2016070...
Is this the correct document I should be referring?
Thanks a lot!

Oct 14, 2016 14:27
kasseistamper

I can't be much more help as my French is effectively non-existent.
However I am sure that I.N.A.M.I. is the French equivalent of the Dutch RIZIV so you should be on the right track.
It's a fact of life with pricing that dentists and doctors with a large expat patient list tend to assume that we will be refunded by our employers whatever we pay and take advantage of that - even though it may not be true.
Also, never accept 'this isn't covered by the mutuelle'. Always insist on a receipt and let the mutuelle tell you if it really isn't covered.

Oct 14, 2016 14:43
becasse

My experience with a "conventioné" dentist out in the sticks is that her charges aren't significantly different to the charge that a NHS dentist would have made back in the UK - and then one gets a significant proportion of that charge back from the mutuelle, so routine dentistry is a actually cheaper in Belgium.

Specialist treatment, fitting a crown for example, is more expensive here than the equivalent NHS charge in the UK (but cheaper than UK private dentists), but most if not all mutuelles will offer relatively cheap top-up insurance.

Oct 14, 2016 16:50
ukexpat

Hello R.Harris,
Can you please tell me who charges €52 for an annual visit including vanity filling?
Thanks and regards

Oct 14, 2016 17:12
yttap

I can recommend my dentist Carine Teblick, Hulstbergstraat 27, 3078 Meerbeek, Kortenberg. She speaks English, French and Flemish. You can call her and ask for an estimate. 02/253.83.33 or 0477.505034. She specialises in treating children. That's why I go to her, although sadly I am no longer a child!

If you don't have a car, check if the De Lijn bus goes close by.

(In fact, you can ask any medical practitioner in advance for an estimate.)

Oct 14, 2016 17:52
R.Harris

The €52 is the INAMI set price. Any dentiste conventionné will charge you that price and your insurance will refund probably about 80%. Google "dentistes conventionnés bruxelles" for choices. "Conventioné" means that they charge you the inami set prices.

Oct 15, 2016 21:15
ukexpat

Thank you all for your replies.
The dentist I went to charged me €140 for one cavity filling. I won't mention he name, but the dentist cabinet I went to is in Avenue Paul Hymans, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert.

I feel cheated by the fees I was asked to pay and the thing that is bothering me the most is that they didn't do a good job. The filling has not been done properly.

I have complained to them about the fees, they replied that the price is based on the quality and care. Where should I complain about this practice? And it is possible to get them to refund me part of the fees?

Thanks again!

Oct 17, 2016 11:09
CC_R

It's A difficult thing here to find a good dentist whose honest and upfront. I had one in Overijse knew I had no insurance lied to me about the cost of a dental implant said they were really expensive and instead charged me a huge amount well over a thousand euros for a disgusting metal thing that clipped onto to my teeth, with a false tooth on it. It was painful pulled out other Fillings and went in the bin. After one week.
She knew I had no insurance as I had told her we just moved and only after told me oh well this isn't covered by Mutelle now I ask upfront what will you charge Andy if it's too much I don't go.

Oct 17, 2016 11:46