Proportion of persons in the first quintile of equivalised income, with self-declared unmet needs for dental care services due to either financial barriers, waiting times or travelling distances

Description: 

Equity of access to dental care services is an index of self-declared unmet need for dental care services. It is defined as the percentage of people who self-reported an unmet need for dental care (dental examination or treatment) in the previous 12 months for the following three reasons: financial barriers, waiting times and/or long distances.
The data comes from the Eurostat survey European Statistics of Income and Living Condition (EU-SILC) which contains a small module on health, including questions on the unmet needs for health care. The question on unmet needs for dental care refers to the respondent s own assessment of whether he or she needed a dental examination or treatment and the main reason why he or she did not have one. The EU-SILC survey has been running since 2004. Data is now collected in all Member States as well as in Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. Data is broken down by sex, age group, reason, activity status, education and income level.
The Equity of access to dental care services indicator belongs to the portfolio of health indicators for monitoring the European Strategy for social inclusion and social protection.
The Equity of access to dental care services indicator provides information on the level of equity in the access to dental care. This is a useful indicator in the context of health inequalities (Source:Heidi Data Tool).

Years Covered: 
2004 to 2014
Remarks: 
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