More than 2.9 billion in public dental health care
The development of dental health care follows the same pattern as the rest of the health care sector: the cost levels are higher. Furthermore, the number of dentists with an immigrant background has increased over the past five years. The dental health care status among 12- and 18-year-olds shows a decrease of caries compared to 2010.
The gross expenditure in public dental health care continues to increase. From 2010 to 2011, the gross expenditure increased by 5.5 per cent. The counties used almost NOK 582 per person to provide public dental health care. This is NOK 23 more than the year before. The total expenditure for the 19 counties was approximately NOK 2.9 billion, which is an increase by NOK 152 millions from 2010.
More foreign dentists
The number of dentists with an immigrant background has increased by almost 34 per cent in the period 2007-2011. In 2011 there were 1 218 dentists with an immigrant background working in public and private dental health care in Norway.
The majority of these have European background and the same patterns are evident in both public and private dental health care. There are still no clear sector trends. The number of foreign dentists is increasing in both private and public dental health service. At the same time the largest percentage increase is in the private sector with regards to dentists with a background outside Europe.
|Total number of foreign dentists||666||770||848||907||993||1 036||1 096||1 218|
|European dentists in public oral health service2||224||241||257||278||311||317||330||341|
|Non-European dentists in public oral health service||92||101||115||122||132||136||148||164|
|European dentists in private oral health service||248||290||325||343||367||389||410||469|
|Non-European dentists in private oral health service||102||138||151||164||183||194||208||244|
|1||Dentists and specialised dentists with foreign background who works as a dentist in Norway.|
|2||Turkey is not included within the European countries.|
The average number of caries among 5-, 12- and 18-year-olds decreased between 2010 and 2011. After 25 years with a decrease in caries among 12- and 18-year-olds the dental health status for 2009 showed the same average DMFT per 12-and 18-year old as in 2008. The figures from 2010, and the latest from 2011, suggest that average number of caries will continue to fall. There are still differences between the counties, for 5-, 12- and 18-year-olds.