Future Health Summit 2016

Future Health Summit

The Future Health Summit took place in Dublin’s Citywest Convention Centre on May 26th and 27th to discuss some of the main health issues facing society today.

The theme for 2016 was ‘empowering the patient; information, choice and accountability’.

Maureen Walsh CEO of DeCare presented in the Corporate Wellness and benefits Summit. This summit explored the latest trends in Corporate Wellness, best practices and innovations focused on health, wellness, disease prevention and management for employers and their employees.


Maureen opened her presentation with a clip of Woppi GoldBerg from an American programme called The View. This set the tone and put everyone in a dental mind set.

Maureen gave details on how Tooth decay is the 1st most common chronic disease worldwide, globally, 4 billion people suffer from these common oral conditions along with tooth loss which can be prevented.

Dental insurance provides financial assistance for dental treatment across a range of services, from diagnostic and preventive to more expensive treatments such as crowns, root canals and orthodontics.

Maureen commented on the growth in Dental insurance particularly over the past three years, and companies are now purchasing dental insurance for their staff as part of their benefits package.


According to Empathy Research in 2013 by DeCare Dental 56% of people in Ireland avoid or delay dental treatment because of cost. Maureen explained that delaying dental treatment doesn’t make a problem go away. Quite the opposite. Dental caries and periodontal disease are “chronic, progressive and destructive, and they become more severe over time.”

DeCare has a responsibility to design dental benefit plans that provide value for money and empower people to attend the dentist. DeCare looks forward to the next 5 to 10 years, as Ireland’s population continues to grow, and DeCare continues to collaborate in order to improve outcomes in Irish society.

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