Dental Services: Use, Expenses, and Sources of Payment, 1996-2000

This report tracks changes in use and payment for dental care from 1996 through 2000, based on data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). The report analyzes:

  • How many people used dental services each year
  • Average number of visits per year
  • Annual expenses
  • Sources of payment, and
  • Out-of-pocket amounts.

Learn how insurance coverage, income, employment status, and Census region affect dental utilization rates over time.

Review the AHRQ report.

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