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Japan’s Dental Care Facing Population Aging: How Universal Coverage Responds to the Changing Needs of the Elderly

Department of Health & Welfare Management, University of Fukuchiyama, Kyoto 620-0886, Japan
Academic Editor: Joan Costa-Font
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(17), 9359; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18179359
Received: 18 July 2021 / Revised: 29 August 2021 / Accepted: 31 August 2021 / Published: 4 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Services Research on Dentistry in Aged Society)
Although universal health coverage (UHC) is pursued by many countries, not all countries with UHC include dental care in their benefits. Japan, with its long-held tradition of UHC, covers dental care as an essential benefit, and the majority of dental care services are provided to all patients with minimal copayment. Being under UHC, the scope of services as well as prices are regulated by the uniform fee schedule, and dentists submit claims according to the uniform format and fee schedule. The author analyzed the publicly available dental health insurance claims data as well as a sampling survey on dental hygiene to illustrate how Japan’s dental care is responding to the challenges from population aging. A marked improvement was found in dental health status in the elderly population as measured by improved tooth-specific survival. The improvement may be attributable to the universal coverage of dental care, as evidenced by the steady increase in home visits by dentists/dental hygienists as well as home oral rehabilitation services. View Full-Text
Keywords: universal health coverage; health insurance claims; administrative data; claims database universal health coverage; health insurance claims; administrative data; claims database
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Okamoto, E. Japan’s Dental Care Facing Population Aging: How Universal Coverage Responds to the Changing Needs of the Elderly. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9359. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18179359

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Okamoto E. Japan’s Dental Care Facing Population Aging: How Universal Coverage Responds to the Changing Needs of the Elderly. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(17):9359. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18179359

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