The Treatment Benefit Scheme is a scheme run by the Department of Social Protection (DSP) that provides dental, optical and aural services to qualified people, insured workers and retired people and Medical card holders who made the appropriate PRSI contributions. however, this service will now be available to qualified self-employed workers as of 27th March. The entitlements under the Treatment Benefit Scheme include a free eye exam from participating opticians every two years and a free dental exam from participating dentists once a year. There is also an entitled to half the cost of a hearing aid every four years. The extension of these PRSI benefits will cover up to 450,000 self-employed people and their spouses across the State. However, there are many conditions in regards to PRSI contributions, you should contact the DSP or your treatment provider to check your eligibility before proceeding with any treatment.
For more information visit http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Treatment-Benefit1.aspx