Affordable Dentistry Facts: Private Dental Coverage
- 58% of adults with private coverage have no dental check-up
- 56% of adults with public coverage have no dental check-up
- 9% of adults with private coverage are not able to get the needed dental care
- 15% of adults with public coverage are not able to get the needed dental care
People with public insurance coverage are more likely to be helped when it is necessary. However, talking about uninsured dental care it’s understood that the numbers would be much bigger. The percent of insured people mostly depend on their income level.
Affordable Dental Care Facts:
- 77% of people do not know where they can have affordable dental care
- 72% of publicly-insured people do not know sources for affordable dental care
- 82% of privately-insured people do not know sources for affordable dental care
- 79% of uninsured people do not know sources for affordable dental care
It’s important to mention that a few people do know where to ask for help. Considering that low-income dental care or uninsured dental are provided in small quantities and in few places, the fact that people do not know even these few places makes the situation even worse. Those who do know mention a dental clinic as the primary source for the necessary affordable dental care.
However, this information is based on the research done in the low-income neighbors. It leads to the idea that, probably, the situation is different in the locations with medium-income and high-income people. Coming back to our facts, we should mention that parents who have a child in Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program are more likely to know about the available affordable dental care providers.
On the other hand, patients who do not have children do not know where to find the necessary dental treatment. Their number is much bigger, about 88%. Here comes the conclusion that those who have public insurance coverage or children are more familiar with the information about low-income dental care. The reason is that providers of uninsured dental care are likely to help the Medicaid population, too.
In conclusion we confirm that the Kaiser Low-Income Coverage and Access survey proves that access to affordable dental care is lower among low-income adults. Causes can be considered the absence of insurance, the absence of included coverage, lack of knowledge about the places where low-income dental care is provided, and weak connections with the social, care providing structures.
In 2000 public policymakers did not pay the necessary attention to dental care needs. In 2005 only 7 states provided full dental coverage. Then it was finally recognized that the whole body and its systems depend on the dental health. That’s why one of the 2010’s goals was to provide more people with the necessary dental care.
However, the economic downturn reduced the number of affordable dental care services. Employers try to hold down the rising costs of insurance coverage by reducing the dental care coverage. Low access to providers, difficulties affording the cost of dental care, transportation, and many other barriers should be still modified. Increasing the access to preventive dental care and solving many other problems represent the only way to make the population surely get back its health and economic well-being.
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