Dental expenditures and insurance coverage among older adults

R. Kington, J. Rogowski, L. Lillard

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Using data on 975 elderly persons from the 1990 Health Supplements to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, we describe the predictors of expenditures for dental services. Forty-four percent of elderly persons reported using some dental services within a year. Thirteen percent had private dental insurance, and 8% had a separate dental policy. The average total expenditure for those who used any denial services was $378, 88% of which was paid out- of-pocket. Persons with a separate dental insurance policy, younger and better educated persons, and those with greater financial resources were more likely to use dental services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)436-443
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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