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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32276

Title: Trends in Access to Dental Care among Middle-class Canadians
Authors: Sadeghi, Laleh
Advisor: QuiƱonez, Carlos
Department: Dentistry
Keywords: access
dental care
middle-class
dental insurance
Issue Date: 21-Mar-2012
Abstract: Objective: To explore the changes in the accessibility of dental services among middle-class Canadians in response to recent changes in the labour market and the increasing costs of dental plans. Methods: Secondary analyses of all Canadian surveys that collected information on dental insurance, utilization and out-of-pocket expenditures were conducted. Descriptive analyses were used to identify and compare trends among middle-class against the Canadian average. Results: Since 1996, the number of insured middle-class grew from 43% to 48%, with the number perceiving cost-barriers to dental care increasing by 2.7 times. In 2009, 30% of middle-class visited a dentist only when emergency happened. Since 1978, fewer middle-income households spent out-of-pocket on dental care, while per capita costs per household spending increased. Compared to national average, middle-class trends implied to poorer access. Conclusions: Access to dental care issues might be ascending from lower income sectors to involve middle-income earners as well.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32276
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