Costing dental restorations in public sector dental clinics

Khairiyah, A.M.; Razak, I.A.; Raja-Latifah, R.J.; Tan, B.S.; Norain, A.T.; Noor-Aliyah, I.; Natifah, C.S.; Rauzi, I. (2009) Costing dental restorations in public sector dental clinics. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 21 (2). pp. 184-195. ISSN 1010-5395

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      The objective of this study is to share cost analysis methodology and to obtain cost estimates for posterior restorations in public sector dental clinics. Two urban and 2 rural dental clinics in Selangor state were selected. Only cases of 1 posterior restoration per visit by dental officers were included over 6 months. One capsulated amalgam type, 1 capsulated tooth-colored, and 1 non-capsulated tooth-colored material were selected. A clinical pathway form was formulated to collect data per patient. Annual capital and recurrent expenditures were collected per clinic. The mean cost of an amalgam restoration was RM 30.96 (sdRM 7.86); and tooth-colored restorations ranged from RM 33.00 (sdRM 8.43) to RM 41.10 (sdRM 10.61). Wherein 1 USD = RM 2.8. Restoration costs were 35 to 55 higher in clinics in rural areas than in urban areas. The findings demonstrate economy of scale for clinic operation and restoration costs with higher patient load. Costs per restoration were higher in rural than in urban dental clinics. More studies are recommended to address the dearth of dental costs data in Malaysia.

      Item Type: Article
      1. Khairiyah, A.M.
      2. Razak, I.A.
      3. Raja-Latifah, R.J.
      4. Tan, B.S.
      5. Norain, A.T.
      6. Noor-Aliyah, I.
      7. Natifah, C.S.
      8. Rauzi, I.
      Journal or Publication Title: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
      Additional Information: ISI Document Delivery No.: 445PF Times Cited: 0 Cited Reference Count: 5 Cited References: Creese A, 1994, COST ANAL PRIMARY HL Forss H, 2001, ACTA ODONTOL SCAND, V59, P57 RAZAK IA, 2002, OR HLTH RES C MARCH Van Nieuwenhuysen JP, 2003, J DENT, V31, P395, DOI 10.1016/S0300-5712(03)00084-8 *BANK NEG MAL, 2008, KAD PERT MAT WANG AS Khairiyah, Abdul Muttalib Razak, Ishak Abdul Raja-Latifah, Raja Jalludin Tan, Bee Siew Norain, Abu Talib Noor-Aliyah, Ismail Natifah, Che Salleh Rauzi, Ismail Oral Health Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia This study was funded by the Oral Health Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia. The authors thank the Director General of Health for permission to publish this report, and document their sincere appreciation to Dr I Venugopal, the Deputy Director of Health (Dental), Selangor, at the time of the study, and his officers for their support in data collection. Senior Dental Officers (SDOs) for macro-cost data: Datin Dr Hjh. Maimunah binti Abd. Rahman (Klang), Dr Choong Yoke Lan (Petaling), Dr Hasenah binti Mod. Zaki (Kuala Selangor), and Dr Mazlina binti Mat Desa (Sabak Bernam). Clinicians for micro-cost data: Dr Kamariah binti Omar (Klang Dental Clinic), Dr Misah binti Md. Ramli (Tanjung Karang Dental Clinic), Dr Khairul Haflies bin Abu Hassan and Dr Norashikin Mustapha Yahya (Sungei Besar Dental Clinic), and Dr Morni binti Abd. Rani (Kelana Jaya Dental Clinic). Sage publications inc Thousand oaks
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Costs dental restorations public sector Malaysia
      Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
      Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of Community Dentistry
      Depositing User: Mr Ahmad Azwan Azman
      Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2013 09:51
      Last Modified: 08 Jan 2013 09:51

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