Going without dental care

This indicator provides information on access to dental care, the costs of which generally have to be borne by patients. It reveals the percentage of people who state that they have had to forego treatment for financial reasons.

From an integration perspective, a decrease in the percentage of people who say they have had to forego dental care for financial reasons indicates an improved situation.


At the request of Eurostat, the questions regarding lack of access to healthcare were revised in 2015. The main change is that people are now questioned about the necessity of dental care prior to being asked if they have always been able to access the necessary examinations or treatment. This means that from 2015, only people who said they really needed an examination or treatment and who did not have access to such care were asked for the main reason for not seeking it. When the main reason is financial, the person is considered to have a lack of access to healthcare.


Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel



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