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07/10/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/10/2018 07:35

Bonaire: number of dental visits down

Created with Highcharts 5.0.1420172013General practitionerDentistSpecialistHospital admissionPhysiotherapy0100255075Contact with care providers and hospital admissions, Bonaire%

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2017 2013
General practitioner 74.2 78.1
Dentist 46.4 56.2
Specialist 40.4 40
Hospital admission 11 9.7
Physiotherapy 10.3 21.4

As of 1 January2015, people aged 18 yearsor older are not reimbursed for most types of dental care. Until that time, they were eligible for a one-off restorative dental treatment.

Two-thirds of 15 to 24-year-olds visited a dentist in 2017

In 2017, the share of people visiting a dentist at least once was lower than in 2013. This decline was sharpest among lower-educated people, namely from 51 to 38 percent. There was no significant drop in dental visits in most age categories, with the exception of 25 to 44-year-olds. Of this group, 40 percentwent to see a dentist in 2017, versus 57 percentin 2013.

Created with Highcharts 5.0.1420172013TotalAge65 yrs or older45 to 64 yrs25 to 44 yrs15 to 24 yrsEducation levelHighIntermediateLow020406080Visited a dentist at least once in past 12 months%

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2017 2013
Total 46.4 56.2
Age
65 yrs or older 35.5 39
45 to 64 yrs 49.8 58.4
25 to 44 yrs 39.7 57.2
15 to 24 yrs 65.3 63.6
Education level
High 60.1 67.2
Intermediate 54.4 59.8
Low 37.6 51.3

Dental patients paying fewer visits

The average number of dental visits by patients in 2017 declined relative to 2013: from 7 to 4 visits. Patients with a low education background visited a dentist over 8 timesin 2013, while they went 4 timesin 2017. The number of dental visits among 15 to 24-year-old patients dropped from 9 to 5.

Created with Highcharts 5.0.1420172013TotalAge45 to 64 yrs25 to 44 yrs15 to 24 yrsEducation levelHighIntermediateLow0102.557.5Dental visits per patient, Bonaire%

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2017 2013
Total 4.1 7.4
Age
45 to 64 yrs 4.3 7.3
25 to 44 yrs 3.3 6.7
15 to 24 yrs 5.1 9.4
Education level
High 2.9 5.6
Intermediate 4.5 6.5
Low 4.3 8.5

Decline in physiotherapy visits strongest among low-skilled

As of 1 January 2015, the number of physiotherapy treatments covered by health insurance has become limited. The number of people visiting a physiotherapist or remedial therapist in 2017 was smaller compared to 2013. The decrease was sharpest among 45 to 64-year-olds. Of the people with a lower level of education, 20 percent visited a physiotherapist at least once in 2013, versus 7 percent in 2017. Among 45 to 64-year-olds, this percentage share dropped from 25 to 11 percent. Those receiving treatment from a physiotherapist had just as many therapy sessions in 2017 as in 2013.

Created with Highcharts 5.0.1420172013TotalAge*65 yrs or older45 to 64 yrs25 to 44 yrsEducation levelHighIntermediateLow051015202530Visited a physiotherapist or remedial therapist at least once in past 12 months, Bonaire%

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2017 2013
Total 10.3 21.4
Age*
65 yrs or older 14.6 25.4
45 to 64 yrs 11.3 25.4
25 to 44 yrs 10 19.9
Education level
High 17 23.7
Intermediate 12.2 22.4
Low 7.3 20.4