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. This condition was introduced in 2005 with the intention of promoting prevention of dental diseases and adverse treatment conditions. As a result, the share of patients who received preventive check-ups increased from 39% in 2004 to 57% in 2005 (NCHI, 2009b). In 2008, a total of 3.0 million people received a preventive check-up (Table 5.4), 21% of whom were children (NCHI, 2009b).
Table 5.4: Number of dental examinations, 1997–2008