After the 2009 budget, only one free dental examination is State-funded and PRSI workers are required to pay for the cost of all other treatments, excluding extractions.
In 2009 there were approximately 108,000 extractions. In 2016 that figure jumped to 124,600.
Surgical extractions have increased by 40 per cent, from just over 37,200 to more than 52,000.
The number of fillings carried out for medical card patients dropped from approximately 604,000 to circa 380,000.
And these are the facts that matter so much for poorer people, people who are genuinely trying to make ends meet,irrespective what time of the day they get out of bed.
Is there ever a word about these sort of details from a priest or bishop?
Does the establishment not get it why so many feel marginalised and are angry?