While 8.8 percent of people reported that cost was a barrier to getting needed medical care in 2019, 14.3 percent reported the same issue as a reason they were unable to get or delayed getting needed dental care.
Findings in the AHRQ 2022 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report show:
- In 2019, 14.3% of the population reported cost as a reason for being unable to get or delayed in getting needed dental care (Figure 4), which was higher than the 8.8% of people who reported cost as a barrier to getting needed medical care.
- The percentage of children ages 0-17 years for whom cost was reported as a barrier to receiving needed dental care was approximately one-third that of adult groups.
- 2022 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report. AHRQ. October 2022.