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Does dental insurance make a difference in type of service received by Iranian dentate adults?

Bayat F, Murtomaa H, Vehkalahti MM, Tala H - Eur J Dent (2011)

Bottom Line: The questionnaire covered insurance status, socio-demographics, frequency of tooth brushing, dental attendance as reasons for, and time since last dental visit, and dental service received then.Of the subjects, 71% had a dental insurance.In Iran, with its developing oral health care system, dental insurance had only a minor impact on dental services reported.

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Affiliation: Institute of Dentistry, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. fariborz.bayat@helsinki.fi

ABSTRACT

Objectives: To assess the relationship between insurance status and type of service received among dentate adults in a developing oral health care system.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey based on phone interviews in Tehran, Iran. Four trained interviewers collected data using a structured questionnaire. Of 1,531 subjects answering the phone call, 224 were <18 years; of the remaining 1,307, 221 (17%) refused to participate, and 85 (6%) were excluded as edentate or reporting no dental visit, leaving 1,001 eligible subjects in the sample. The questionnaire covered insurance status, socio-demographics, frequency of tooth brushing, dental attendance as reasons for, and time since last dental visit, and dental service received then. Data analysis included the chi-square test and logistic regression.

Results: Of the subjects, 71% had a dental insurance. Those with no insurance were more likely to report tooth extractions (OR=1.5) than those with an insurance coverage; for all other treatments no differences according to the insurance status appeared. Among the insured subjects, extractions were more likely for those reporting a problem-based dental visit (OR=6.0) or having a low level of education (OR=2.3).

Conclusions: In Iran, with its developing oral health care system, dental insurance had only a minor impact on dental services reported.

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Percentages of dentate adults (n=1001) according to the type of service they reported as received during their most recent dental visit, seperately for insured (n=710) and non-insured (n=291).
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f1-dent05_p0068: Percentages of dentate adults (n=1001) according to the type of service they reported as received during their most recent dental visit, seperately for insured (n=710) and non-insured (n=291).

Mentions: Restorative treatments were the most frequently and preventive care the least frequently reported type of services, regardless of subjects’ insurance status. The non-insured respondents reported tooth extractions almost twice as frequently as did the insured ones (P<.001) (Figure 1).


Does dental insurance make a difference in type of service received by Iranian dentate adults?

Bayat F, Murtomaa H, Vehkalahti MM, Tala H - Eur J Dent (2011)

Percentages of dentate adults (n=1001) according to the type of service they reported as received during their most recent dental visit, seperately for insured (n=710) and non-insured (n=291).
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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f1-dent05_p0068: Percentages of dentate adults (n=1001) according to the type of service they reported as received during their most recent dental visit, seperately for insured (n=710) and non-insured (n=291).
Mentions: Restorative treatments were the most frequently and preventive care the least frequently reported type of services, regardless of subjects’ insurance status. The non-insured respondents reported tooth extractions almost twice as frequently as did the insured ones (P<.001) (Figure 1).

Bottom Line: The questionnaire covered insurance status, socio-demographics, frequency of tooth brushing, dental attendance as reasons for, and time since last dental visit, and dental service received then.Of the subjects, 71% had a dental insurance.In Iran, with its developing oral health care system, dental insurance had only a minor impact on dental services reported.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Institute of Dentistry, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. fariborz.bayat@helsinki.fi

ABSTRACT

Objectives: To assess the relationship between insurance status and type of service received among dentate adults in a developing oral health care system.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey based on phone interviews in Tehran, Iran. Four trained interviewers collected data using a structured questionnaire. Of 1,531 subjects answering the phone call, 224 were <18 years; of the remaining 1,307, 221 (17%) refused to participate, and 85 (6%) were excluded as edentate or reporting no dental visit, leaving 1,001 eligible subjects in the sample. The questionnaire covered insurance status, socio-demographics, frequency of tooth brushing, dental attendance as reasons for, and time since last dental visit, and dental service received then. Data analysis included the chi-square test and logistic regression.

Results: Of the subjects, 71% had a dental insurance. Those with no insurance were more likely to report tooth extractions (OR=1.5) than those with an insurance coverage; for all other treatments no differences according to the insurance status appeared. Among the insured subjects, extractions were more likely for those reporting a problem-based dental visit (OR=6.0) or having a low level of education (OR=2.3).

Conclusions: In Iran, with its developing oral health care system, dental insurance had only a minor impact on dental services reported.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus