Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Science and University Honors
Health services accessibility -- United States, Health insurance -- United States, Medicaid beneficiaries -- United States -- Statistics, Dental care -- Utilization -- Medicaid beneficiaries
Oregon Health Plan patients experienced reduction to their dental coverage in 2003. This study explores Medicaid patients’ use of those dental services that are still offered to them and the effect of their use on self-assessment of their oral health. A phone survey was conducted in 2017 and collected a sample of 293 Medicaid patients in Oregon. Only two thirds of participants reported that they have a regular dentist. Participants were more likely to rate their overall health as Excellent/Good when also rating their gum health as Excellent/Good. Low English Proficiency (LEP) patients were NOT less likely to visit their dentist.
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Roshdy, Merit, "Medicaid Patients’ Use of Dental Benefits" (2019). University Honors Theses. Paper 831.