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Title: Issue Brief No. 4: The Costs of Dental Care and the Impact of Dental Insurance Coverage (2007 Health Insurance Survey of Farm and Ranch Operators)

Copyright Date: Apr. 2009

Pages: 16

Authors: Carol Pryor, The Access Project; Jeffrey Prottas, Brandeis University; Bill Lottero and Mark Rukavina, The Access Project; Alana Knudson, Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota

Description: Previous analyses of data from the 2007 Health Insurance Survey of Farm and Ranch Operators showed that although the vast majority of respondents had health insurance, one in five had outstanding debt that resulted from medical bills.

This brief presents basic data on the amounts spent out-of-pocket by family farmers and ranchers for dental care, the percentage who have dental insurance, and the percentage who have debt resulting from obtaining dental services. It also looks at the impact of having dental insurance on the overall costs of dental care, on access to care, and on the likelihood that people will experience financial hardship because of health care costs.

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Topics: Rural Health | Medical Debt | Oral Health