Dental care for the elderly through a Capped-fee funding model: Optimising outcomes for primary government dental services

Jennifer H. Conquest, John Skinner, Estie Kruger, Marc Tennant

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Abstract

Objective: The objectives of this study were to (i) compare a Capped Payment formula for adults, to the fee-for-service model and the New South Wales Government services payment model; (ii) identify the presenting oral health needs of a 65+ years of age cohort during the period January 2011 to March 2015. Background data discussing the present status of the field: Australia faces an ageing population with the vast majority accessing free market dental care, whilst the poor access Government services. This cohort retains most of their dentition increasing demand on Government services. Materials and methods: The analysis of New South Wales Government adult de-identified patients’ record unit data was from 2011 to 2015, for the three payment models and undertaken in three stages; (i) development of the Capped Payment Model; (ii) evaluation of twenty (20) case studies of adults 65+ years of age; (iii) analyse the cost efficiency of the three payment models. Results: This study found that the Government model was the most cost effective. The Capped-fee model performed less efficiently, particularly in the 75+ age group, with the fee-for-service model generally more costly. It was $2580 (85%) more costly for the 65-74 age cohort, and $4619 (66%) for the 75+ age cohort. Conclusion: Policy makers in partnership with Government and private service providers should seek to develop partnerships with Government, private services and universities, scope opportunities in applying a Capped-fee funding model, and one that helps address the oral needs of the elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-492
Number of pages7
JournalGerodontology
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

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