Health Act, 1953

Dental, ophthalmic and aural services, for children.

20.—A health authority shall, in accordance with regulations, make available dental, ophthalmic and aural treatment and dental, optical and aural appliances—

(a) for pupils of national schools, in respect of defects discovered at school health examinations, and

(b) for children under six years of age attending clinics, health centres or similar institutions, in respect of defects discovered at such clinics, centres or institutions,

and the treatment and appliances shall be made available without charge, save that where any dental, optical or aural appliance is supplied as a replacement and the health authority are not satisfied that the replacement has become necessary otherwise than as a result of negligence, such charge may be made for the appliance as may be approved of or directed by the Minister.