J Korean Acad Oral Health.  2014 Dec;38(4):246-253. 10.11149/jkaoh.2014.38.4.246.

Perceptions and behaviors of dental practitioners with regard to the National Health Insurance

  • 1Department of Preventive and Public Health Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Korea. dhdh@wonkwang.ac.kr
  • 2Institute of Biomaterials - Implant and Institute of Wonkwang Dental Research, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Korea.


The present study aimed to examine the perceptions and behaviors of dentists regarding the National Dental Health Insurance, and their opinions for improving its policies.
A self-report survey was conducted with 1,321 dentists selected from the Alumni Association of the W University College of Dentistry. We finally recovered and analyzed 243 questionnaires, excluding those returned with insincere answers.
Only 40.3% of the practitioners recorded the disease name, 12.8% of medical records were unrecorded, and 54.5% of the respondents did not receive the expenses borne by the principal. In addition, 14.0% of the practitioners had administrative dispositions or had been penalized with surcharge, and 74.6% of the respondents stated that dental care benefits should be expanded. Further, 92.2% of the respondents agreed that a course on dental health insurance should be offered at the university. Additionally, 80.6% of the participants stated that they were willing to participate in supplementary training programs that emphasize on dental health insurance. If supplementary training programs were to take place, 46.0% of the participants reported that they preferred courses that focused on dental health insurance in general, and 22.2% reported that they should focus on the decrease in health insurance. Finally, participants reported that insurance claims for each department had reduced for periodontal treatment (70.7%), other treatments (15.7%), and endodontic treatment (9.6%).
It is necessary for dental practitioners to be educated on the National Health Insurance, in general, as well as on insurance claims.


Behaviors; Dentist; Health insurance; Perception
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