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Dent Clin North Am. 2005 Apr;49(2):363-76.

Underserved elderly issues in the United States: burdens of oral and medical health care.

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University of Southern California, School of Dentistry, 925 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0641, USA. vgreene@usc.edu

Abstract

The elderly represent approximately 12.4% of the general population (2000 Census), yet their health care expenditure and consumption represent 14% of the total (2003). Although 10% of the elderly had no medical insurance in 2000, 78% had no dental insurance. Elderly Americans' burden of medical care overuse is worsened by their out-of-pocket expenses for oral health, because this is usually not a covered benefit. In underserved communities, the management of the oral health and dental care needs of older Americans approaches negligence.

PMID:
15755410
DOI:
10.1016/j.cden.2004.11.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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