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Costly chronic diseases: a retrospective analysis of Chronic Disease Dental Scheme expenditure


Crocombe, LA and Kraatz, J and Hoang, H and Qin, D and Godwin, D, Costly chronic diseases: a retrospective analysis of Chronic Disease Dental Scheme expenditure, Australian Health Review, 39, (4) pp. 448-452. ISSN 1449-8944 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

DOI: doi:10.1071/AH14191


Objective: The aim of the present study was to investigate Medicare rebate claim trends under the Australian Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS) over time, region and type of service.

Methods: CDDS data obtained from the Department of Human Services reflected all Medicare item claims lodged under the CDDS by dental practitioners and processed by Medicare. Retrospective analysis of CDDS rebate claims was conducted.

Results: The CDDS rebates for the period 2008-13 totalled A$2.8 billion. Just under 81% of claims were from dental practitioners working in major cities. The most frequent rebates were for crown, bridge and implant (32.4%), removable prostheses (22.4%) and restorative services (21.3%). The rebate claims of restorative services, crown and bridge, and removable prostheses per dentist in all regional areas increased over the time of the CDDS. Per capita, the rebates for every type of dental service were lower in the more remote regions.

Conclusions: Rebate claims increased in each of the last 3 full years of the CDDS across all areas. The majority of Medicare rebate claims were from major city areas and for crown and bridge, removable prostheses and restorative services. The service mix varied between regions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dental health, oral epidemiology, rural health, utilisation of health services
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Crocombe, LA (Associate Professor Leonard Crocombe)
UTAS Author:Kraatz, J (Dr Jennifer Kraatz)
UTAS Author:Hoang, H (Dr Ha Hoang)
UTAS Author:Qin, D (Dr David Qin)
UTAS Author:Godwin, D (Mrs Diana Godwin)
ID Code:98783
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2015-03-02
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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