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ISRN Dent. 2012;2012:769809. doi: 10.5402/2012/769809. Epub 2012 Jul 19.

Do the indonesians receive the dental care treatment they need? A secondary analysis on self-perceived dental care need.

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Department of Preventive and Public Health Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Indonesia, Jl. Raya Salemba No.4, Jakarta 10430, Indonesia.


Increasing access for citizens to health services, including dental care, is one of the primary targets of the Indonesian Ministry of Health. To assess progress toward this goal, we sought to describe the magnitude of unmet needs for dental care among Indonesians. Secondary data of nationally representative surveys conducted from 2003 to 2007 were analysed to describe the associations between unmet needs for dental care in different demographic groups. In average, 2.28% of the Indonesian population reported perceiving need for dental care and 0.74% reported utilizing dental care. The average of unmet need was 72.04%. Logistic regression analysis indicated that respondents who lived in rural areas, who were uninsured, had higher odds ratios in reporting unmet dental care needs. Perceived need for and utilization of dental care among Indonesians was found to be low. Moreover, the unmet need for dental care is relatively high.

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