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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Geriatrics and Gerontology