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Cost and productivity analysis of orthodontic care in Finland

Cost and productivity analysis of orthodontic care in Finland Abstract– The aim of the study was to investigate the costs of orthodontic care provided for children and adolescents up to the age of 18 by municipal health centers in Finland, and to study the productivity of these services. The data were gathered by a questionnaire sent to all health centers; 96% responded. The majority of respondents estimated the share of orthodontic care as 10% of the total gross costs of dental care, given that 14% of all dental visits were for orthodontic reasons. To study the productivity in individual health centers, the output was measured by the estimated number of completely treated patients. The cost of orthodontic treatment per completely treated patient was, on average, FIM 7358, ranging from FIM 1299 to FIM 24 751. The strongest explanatory factor for the average total costs of orthodontic clinics was the number of general dentists with little experience in providing orthodontic treatment. Other explanatory factors were the number of orthodontists or experienced dentists, the percentage of orthodontic tasks performed by auxiliary personnel, and the timing of treatment. Savings might be obtained by devolving treatment to orthodontists or experienced dentists in‐stead of to dentists with little orthodontic experience, and by starting treatment early. The estimated optimal size for an orthodontic clinic was found to be a unit with 830 completely treated patients per year, but most of the orthodontic clinics were in fact much smaller with, on average, 133 completely treated patients per year. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology Wiley

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1998 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0301-5661
eISSN
1600-0528
DOI
10.1111/j.1600-0528.1998.tb01962.x
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Abstract

Abstract– The aim of the study was to investigate the costs of orthodontic care provided for children and adolescents up to the age of 18 by municipal health centers in Finland, and to study the productivity of these services. The data were gathered by a questionnaire sent to all health centers; 96% responded. The majority of respondents estimated the share of orthodontic care as 10% of the total gross costs of dental care, given that 14% of all dental visits were for orthodontic reasons. To study the productivity in individual health centers, the output was measured by the estimated number of completely treated patients. The cost of orthodontic treatment per completely treated patient was, on average, FIM 7358, ranging from FIM 1299 to FIM 24 751. The strongest explanatory factor for the average total costs of orthodontic clinics was the number of general dentists with little experience in providing orthodontic treatment. Other explanatory factors were the number of orthodontists or experienced dentists, the percentage of orthodontic tasks performed by auxiliary personnel, and the timing of treatment. Savings might be obtained by devolving treatment to orthodontists or experienced dentists in‐stead of to dentists with little orthodontic experience, and by starting treatment early. The estimated optimal size for an orthodontic clinic was found to be a unit with 830 completely treated patients per year, but most of the orthodontic clinics were in fact much smaller with, on average, 133 completely treated patients per year.

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Community Dentistry and Oral EpidemiologyWiley

Published: Aug 1, 1998

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