Financing of dental services in Turkey: Opinions and expectations of dentists, residents, and patients


HAYRAN O. E. , MUMCU G. , SUR H., Yildirim C., SÖYLEMEZ D., ATLI H.

JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY, cilt.64, sa.2, ss.82-87, 2004 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 64 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2004
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1111/j.1752-7325.2004.tb02732.x
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.82-87

Özet

Objectives: This study investigates the attitudes of dentists, residents, and patients on the financing of dental services in Turkey. Methods: In this descriptive study, randomly selected groups of 860 dentists, 641 patients, and 866 residents from 9 provinces of Turkey were interviewed. Their agreement on various statements on financing issues of dental services were recorded and analyzed. Results: Eighty-two percent of the dentists, 83.8 percent of the patients, and 76.4 percent of the residents agreed that "governments should finance all dental services." The majority of the dentists (83.6%), patients (74.7%), and residents (84.4%) stated that patients should pay a copayment for their dental treatment. Conclusion: Survey results indicate that the current financing system of dental services in Turkey is not satisfactory either for the providers or for the users.