Oral health care in Europe: Financing, access and provision – European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Health Systems in Transition, Vol. 24 No. 2
Oral diseases are increasingly recognized as one of the most prevalent conditions in Europe, affecting nearly half of the European population. Despite their high prevalence, statutory coverage of dental care is limited in many European countries as evidenced by restricted service packages and high private funding compared to other health services.
This Health Systems in Transition (HiT) review investigates a broad range of topics of oral health care across Europe, ranging from oral health and inequalities, coverage gaps, financial protection and unmet needs, preventive community care, workforce, corporate dentistry and cross-border care.
The review identifies common trends and challenges in financing, access, coverage and provision of oral health care in 31 European countries and finds that:
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