On 15 May 2013, a new agreement on dental treatment for children entered into force. This agreement has been implemented in stages. Under this agreement:
Children aged 15-17 receive all necessary general dental services and pay only a fixed appointment fee of ISK 2,500 once a year.
On 1 September 2013, children aged 12-14 were added to these arrangements.
On 1 January 2014, children aged 10-11 were added to these arrangements.
On 1 January 2015, children aged 8-9 were added to these arrangements.
On 1 January 2016, children aged 6-7 were added to these arrangements.
On 1 January 2017, children aged 4-5 were added to these arrangements.
On 1 January 2018, the arrangements were extended to cover all children under the age of eighteen.
Children whose age puts them outside the scope of the agreement continue to receive reimbursements according to Icelandic Health Insurance tariffs.
As a result of dentists’ electronic reporting, those using these services do not need to pay upfront for the share covered by Icelandic Health Insurance or get this share reimbursed.
Children living in socially difficult conditions whose age puts them outside the scope of the agreement and who have acute problems can receive necessary dental services under the agreement if they have received the consent of Icelandic Health Insurance, following a referral from healthcare, child protection or social authorities.
Since 1 June 2013, it has been necessary to register children with a family dentist in order to secure payment participation from Icelandic Health Insurance. This can be done here.
List of dentists with a child dental treatment agreement
Special rules apply to social security participation in dental costs for old-age and disability pensioners and for child orthodontics.
Icelandic Health Insurance contributes to the cost of orthodontics according to certain rules:
In the most serious cases, e.g. cleft palate or significant lack of teeth, Icelandic Health Insurance pays 95% of costs.
For other serious cases requiring treatment with braces: For persons beginning orthodontic treatment before the age of 21 who have at least ten teeth and at least one palate and have not received Icelandic Health Insurance participation for orthodontics before, Icelandic Health Insurance provides support of up to ISK 150,000. This support is paid in three equal instalments over three years.
Travel cost rules (two trips to doctors per year) for those benefitting from orthodontics support Support is also paid for repeated journeys in the most serious cases. Payment participation by Icelandic Health Insurance needs to be applied for in advance, both for orthodontics and travel support. An orthodontist fills out the relevant form. This form is signed by a doctor and the patient and sent to Icelandic Health Insurance.