The majority, 89%, of UAE's population believe that dentistry should be mandatory within health insurance, according to the findings of a recent survey.
The survey also reveals that over 55% of respondents did not receive dental care when they needed it during the past 12 months. Over 62% say affordability is a huge deterrent. Nearly 85% say they would opt to consult an oral health professional if their insurance covered it.
The survey’s respondents, 80% of whom were expatriates, feel there is a need to review mandatory health insurance and expand it to include dental consultation, which is not covered by the Essential Basic Plans offered in the mandatory medical insurance scheme.
Currently, only high premium insurance packages include dental cover, and a majority of people either pay out of pocket in case of a dental emergency or wait until they fly home to get their dental needs addressed.
The poll, which was conducted by YouGov and commissioned by an international medical devices company Align Technology, covered 509 people.