J Korean Acad Oral Health.  2020 Mar;44(1):20-25. 10.11149/jkaoh.2020.44.1.20.

The financial estimation of fluoride application coverage for children and adolescents

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Preventive and Social Dentistry, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Preventive and Public Health Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Gangneung-Wonju National University, Gangneung, Korea.
  • 3Department of Preventive and Social Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Preventive and Social Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. jaeinryu@khu.ac.kr

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
This study aimed to estimate the financial budget of fluoride application in the National Health Insurance.
METHODS
The amount of fluoride application was calculated by using the sealant rate (utilization rate 1), dental examination rate (utilization rate 2), and the average rate of these two (utilization rate 3) in children and adolescents. For the next five years, 100% of the existing fees were applied to estimate the financial budget.
RESULTS
The total budget for children and adolescents was estimated to be 22.0 billion won minimum and 83.5 billion won maximum in the first year, and 104.8 billion won minimum and 398.5 billion won maximum up to the next five years. Moreover, in high risk groups, the total budget was estimated to be 4.2 billion won minimum and 16.1 billion won maximum in the first year, and 18.6 billion won minimum and 70.8 billion won maximum up to the next five years.
CONCLUSIONS
The financial budget of fluoride application coverage for children and adolescents was similar or lower than that of the current dental sealants. It needs to implement promptly with the reason of financial saving over the long-term point of view. Based on this evidence, it is affordable and necessary to begin to promote oral health for children and adolescents.

Keyword

Children and adolescent; Financial estimation; Fluoride application; Health insurance
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