A Comparison of Three Payment Systems for Public Paediatric Dental Services

  • Jennifer Hanthorn Conquest University of Western Australia
  • John Skinner Centre for Oral Health Strategy New South Wales
  • Estie Kruger University of Western Australia
  • Marc Tennant University of Western Australia
Keywords: Paediatric , Payment models , Oral health

Abstract

Objective: This study investigated the delivery of paediatric (0-17 years) government dental services in New South Wales (NSW), Australia through public dental clinics and the commissioned payments models of Fee-for-Service and Capped-Fee. 

Method: De-identified patient data from government provided dental care and the commissioned services was sourced from NSW Oral Health Data Warehouse for evaluation and interpretation using descriptive analysis during the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2013. 

Result: The breakdown of dental care provided the associated cost analysis for the study’s cohort that resulted in both years, more than 50 percent dental services offered to paediatric patients were preventive care in all payment systems.  The most common preventive items offered were fluoride treatment, dietary advice, oral health education and fissure sealants.

Conclusion: There was little difference in the mix of dental care provided between study years and age groups through the three payment systems in NSW.  The difference between the government services and those provided via the Fee-for-Service and Capitation payment systems was negligible.

This has important implications for the delivery of dental care to public dental care, particularly when patients may not live close to a public dental clinic and also with the interest nationally in giving patients greater choice.

Author Biographies

Jennifer Hanthorn Conquest, University of Western Australia

School of Anatomy Physiology and Human Biology, School of Human Sciences, Crawley, Western Australia, 
Australia

Centre for Oral Health Strategy New South Wales,  Wentworthville, New South Wales, Australia

John Skinner, Centre for Oral Health Strategy New South Wales

Wentworthville, New South Wales, Australia

Estie Kruger, University of Western Australia

International Research Collaborative – Oral Health and Equity, School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Marc Tennant, University of Western Australia

International Research Collaborative, Oral Health and Equity, School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Published
2018-05-30
How to Cite
1.
Conquest J, Skinner J, Kruger E, Tennant M. A Comparison of Three Payment Systems for Public Paediatric Dental Services. APJHM [Internet]. 30May2018 [cited 11Aug.2020];13(1):i21. Available from: https://journal.achsm.org.au/index.php/achsm/article/view/35
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Research Articles