A-20637, MAY 12, 1928, 7 COMP. GEN. 719

A-20637: May 12, 1928

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WHEREBY WAS DISALLOWED HIS CLAIM FOR $50 AS REIMBURSEMENT OF THAT AMOUNT PAID BY HIM TO A CIVILIAN DENTIST FOR PROSTHETIC DENTAL TREATMENT. SINCE THERE WAS NO NAVAL DENTAL OFFICER AVAILABLE THE REPLACEMENT WORK WAS DONE BY A CIVILIAN DENTIST. THE CHARGE WAS $100 WHICH CLAIMANT PAID AND WAS REIMBURSED $50 AS AUTHORIZED BY THE BUREAU AND THE INSTANT CLAIM IS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE BALANCE PAID BY CLAIMANT. PROVIDES: (7) (A) DENTAL TREATMENT IS REGARDED AS INCLUDED IN THE TERM "MEDICAL ATTENDANCE" (COMPTROLLER'S DECISION. (B) NECESSARY AND REASONABLE CLAIMS FOR EXPENSES FOR DENTAL SERVICE WILL BE CONSIDERED IN THE SAME MANNER AS CLAIMS FOR OTHER MEDICAL EXPENSES. ONLY WHEN SUCH EXPENSES WERE INCURRED IN AN EMERGENCY WHEN IN A DUTY STATUS WHERE THE SERVICES OF A NAVAL DENTAL OFFICER COULD NOT HAVE BEEN HAD AND WHEN A NAVAL MEDICAL OFFICER.

A-20637, MAY 12, 1928, 7 COMP. GEN. 719

DENTAL TREATMENT - OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN OF THE NAVY OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN OF THE NAVY MAY BE REIMBURSED FOR PROSTHETIC DENTAL TREATMENT PROCURED FROM A CIVILIAN DENTIST ONLY IN THE AMOUNT AUTHORIZED IN ADVANCE BY THE BUREAU OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, MAY 12, 1928:

PERCY H. GOLDBERG, LIEUTENANT (JG), UNITED STATES NAVY, APPLIED SEPTEMBER 12, 1927, FOR REVIEW OF SETTLEMENT 0138711 DATED JUNE 6, 1927, WHEREBY WAS DISALLOWED HIS CLAIM FOR $50 AS REIMBURSEMENT OF THAT AMOUNT PAID BY HIM TO A CIVILIAN DENTIST FOR PROSTHETIC DENTAL TREATMENT.

IT APPEARS THAT CLAIMANT HAD TWO TEETH EXTRACTED ON ACCOUNT OF AN ABSCESS, FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF WHICH THE BUREAU OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY, NAVY DEPARTMENT, AUTHORIZED AN EXPENDITURE OF $50. IN ADDITION THE BUREAU PAID A HOSPITAL BILL OF $50 INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH THE EXTRACTION OF THE TEETH, X-RAY EXAMINATION, AND POSTOPERATIVE DENTAL TREATMENT. SINCE THERE WAS NO NAVAL DENTAL OFFICER AVAILABLE THE REPLACEMENT WORK WAS DONE BY A CIVILIAN DENTIST; THE CHARGE WAS $100 WHICH CLAIMANT PAID AND WAS REIMBURSED $50 AS AUTHORIZED BY THE BUREAU AND THE INSTANT CLAIM IS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE BALANCE PAID BY CLAIMANT.

PARAGRAPH 1189, NAVAL REGULATIONS, PROVIDES:

(7) (A) DENTAL TREATMENT IS REGARDED AS INCLUDED IN THE TERM "MEDICAL ATTENDANCE" (COMPTROLLER'S DECISION, DEC. 20, 1919.)

(B) NECESSARY AND REASONABLE CLAIMS FOR EXPENSES FOR DENTAL SERVICE WILL BE CONSIDERED IN THE SAME MANNER AS CLAIMS FOR OTHER MEDICAL EXPENSES, AND ONLY WHEN SUCH EXPENSES WERE INCURRED IN AN EMERGENCY WHEN IN A DUTY STATUS WHERE THE SERVICES OF A NAVAL DENTAL OFFICER COULD NOT HAVE BEEN HAD AND WHEN A NAVAL MEDICAL OFFICER, IF AVAILABLE, HAS BEEN CONSULTED IN ADVANCE.

(C) PROSTHETIC DENTAL TREATMENT AT THE EXPENSE OF THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ALLOWED ONLY WHEN AUTHORIZED IN ADVANCE BY THE BUREAU OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY.

APPLICATION FOR PROSTHETIC DENTAL TREATMENT DESIRED, VIZ, FOR REPLACEMENT OF TWO TEETH EXTRACTED ON ACCOUNT OF AN ABSCESS WAS MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS, AND AUTHORITY WAS GRANTED FOR AN EXPENDITURE OF $50. CLAIMANT'S RIGHT TO REIMBURSEMENT WAS LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT SO AUTHORIZED, AND THERE IS NO AUTHORITY OF LAW OR REGULATION UNDER WHICH CLAIMANT IS ENTITLED TO ANY FURTHER REIMBURSEMENT. UPON REVIEW THE SETTLEMENT IS SUSTAINED.