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329,000 Norwegians cannot afford the dentist

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Dentist at work. Illustration photo: Frank May / NTB

Of NTB | 12.04.2024 21:43:47

Medicine and health: According to a recent survey of living conditions from Statistics Norway, 329,000 people state that they cannot afford to go to the dentist, writes Television 2.

The number stating this has increased since 2011, when there were 166,000 who could not afford a visit to the dentist’s chair, and passed 217,000 in 2017.

In the pandemic year 2021, the number dropped sharply, to 158,000, but then to a new peak of 234,000 and in 2023 thus 329,000.

– We see an increase in caries and acid damage in the population, especially among those with low education and low income, says Heming Olsen-Bergem, president of the Norwegian Dental Association, to TV 2.

For some, it can be very unfortunate that they postpone their dental visit.

– I have had patients who have put off coming to an examination for months due to finances, where what was supposed to be examined was cancer, says Olsen-Bergem.

The price of dental services has increased less than the average price increase, according to the Dental Association, and is no more expensive than medical services.

– The difference is that the state subsidizes health services, but oral health services and dental health are not subsidised, says the dental president.

(© NTB)

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