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Japan’s Dental Care under Universal Health Coverage and Challenges from Population Ageing: An Analysis on Health Insurance Claims Data and Dental Hygiene Survey

Version 1 : Received: 18 July 2021 / Approved: 19 July 2021 / Online: 19 July 2021 (11:38:35 CEST)

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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. 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.

Journal reference: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9359
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18179359

Abstract

Although the universal health coverage (UHC) is pursued by many countries, not all countries with UHC include dental care as their benefits. Japan, with its long-held tradition of UHC, has covered dental care as essential benefit and majority of dental care services are provided to all patients with minimal copayment. Being under the 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 analyzes the publicly available dental health insurance claims data as well as a sampling survey on dental hygiene and illustrates how Japan’s dental care is responding to the challenges of the population ageing.

Keywords

universal health coverage; health insurance claims; administrative data; claims database

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