Dental care is provided by contracted and non-contracted dentists. Dental procedures often necessitate direct payments from the patient. In most cases, SHI only covers basic dental costs, under the condition that the insured patient has had a preventive dental examination in the past calendar year.
Official statistical data on the ethnic composition of the population are not available. It is assumed that approximately 350 000 to 380 000 Roma live in Slovakia. The inclusion of this group is difficult due to their unfavourable social situation, racial prejudice and their long-term dependency on social benefits.