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J Dent Sch GYEAR__, 35(2): 78-91 Back to browse issues page
Assessment of demand for and utilization of dental services by insurance coverage in a developing oral health care system
Fariborz Bayat , Alireza Akbarzadeh *, Farshid Monajemi
Dept. of Basic Sciences, School of Rehabilitation, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Objectives: This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between demand for and utilization of dental services by insurance coverage among adults in Iran.
Methods: A cross-sectional survey based on telephone interviews was done. A total of 6,029 adults participated in this study conducted in Iran. The interviews were carried out using a structured questionnaire and covered dental visits, demographics and socio-economic background.
Results: Of 6,029 participants, 86% reported having health insurance; 58% had public, and 28% had both public and commercial insurance. Those with both public and commercial insurance coverage had higher odds for dental visits within the past 12 months [odds ratio (OR)=1.5], and for dental check-ups (OR=1.5). Receipt of restorative and expensive services (OR=1.4) was more likely by those with both public and commercial insurance. Tooth extraction was more likely in subjects with no insurance coverage (OR=1.6).
Conclusion: This study revealed a positive relationship between insurance coverage and demand for and utilization of dental services in a country with a developing health care system.
Keywords: Composite Resins, Tooth Discoloration, Aging
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Special
Received: 2017/01/17 | Accepted: 2017/05/21 | Published: 2017/06/15
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Bayat F, Akbarzadeh A, Monajemi F. Assessment of demand for and utilization of dental services by insurance coverage in a developing oral health care system. J Dent Sch. 2017; 35 (2) :78-91
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