Dental/Oral Health Service Use: Forgone dental care due to cost (all ages)

Forgone dental care due to cost by:


Compared to 2011, fewer Minnesotans in 2013 had forgone dental care

Minnesotans with forgone dental care due to cost by year

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program, Minnesota Health Access Survey, 2011 to 2013. Note: MNHA is a self-report survey in which the respondent reports for his/herself or another member of the household.  Respondents must be 18 years of age or older.  Total sample size (2011) = 11,355 and (2013) = 11,778. Statistical weights were applied to ensure that survey results are representative of the state's population. See About the Minnesota Health Access Survey data for more information.

In 2013, 12-percent of Minnesotans reported forgone dental care due to cost, a decrease of four percentage points from 2011.


Young adults had the highest proportion of forgone dental care

Minnesotans with forgone dental care due to cost by age group, 2013

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program, Minnesota Health Access Survey, 2011 to 2013. Note: MNHA is a self-report survey in which the respondent reports for his/herself or another member of the household.  Respondents must be 18 years of age or older.  Total sample size (2013) = 11,778. Statistical weights were applied to ensure that survey results are representative of the state's population. See About the Minnesota Health Access Survey data for more information.

Adults over the age of 18 reported higher rates of forgone dental care due to cost compared to children.


American Indians had the highest proportion of forgone dental care

Minnesotans with forgone dental care due to cost by race/ethnicity, 2013

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program, Minnesota Health Access Survey, 2011 to 2013. Note: MNHA is a self-report survey in which the respondent reports for his/herself or another member of the household.  Respondents must be 18 years of age or older.  Total sample size (2013) = 11,778. Statistical weights were applied to ensure that survey results are representative of the state's population. See About the Minnesota Health Access Survey data for more information.

Of all race/ethnicities, American Indians (24%) reported the highest rates of forgone dental care due to cost, followed by Hispanic/Latinos (20%), African American/Blacks (17%), White/Caucasians (12%), and Asians (6%).


Minnesotans with less education were more likely to experience forgone dental care

Minnesotans with forgone dental care due to cost by education, 2013

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program, Minnesota Health Access Survey, 2011 to 2013. Note: MNHA is a self-report survey in which the respondent reports for his/herself or another member of the household.  Respondents must be 18 years of age or older.  Total sample size (2013) = 11,778. Statistical weights were applied to ensure that survey results are representative of the state's population. See About the Minnesota Health Access Survey data for more information.

Minnesotans with less than a college degree reported higher rates of forgone dental care due to cost compared to those with a college degree and beyond.


Minnesotans with lower income were more likely to experience forgone dental care

Minnesotans with forgone dental care due to cost by poverty level, 2013

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program, Minnesota Health Access Survey, 2011 to 2013. Note: MNHA is a self-report survey in which the respondent reports for his/herself or another member of the household.  Respondents must be 18 years of age or older.  Total sample size (2013) = 11,778. Statistical weights were applied to ensure that survey results are representative of the state's population. Federal Poverty Level is a measure of income issued by the Department of Health and Human Services each year to determine elibility for certain programs and benefits. Those above 400% of the federal poverty level have more income than those at or below 100%. See About the Minnesota Health Access Survey data for more information.

Minnesotans at or below 300% of the federal poverty level reported higher rates of forgone dental care due to cost compared to those above 300% of the federal poverty level.


Minnesotans without dental insurance were more likely to experience forgone dental care

Minnesotans with forgone dental care due to cost by dental insurance status, 2013

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program, Minnesota Health Access Survey, 2011 to 2013. Note: MNHA is a self-report survey in which the respondent reports for his/herself or another member of the household.  Respondents must be 18 years of age or older.  Total sample size (2013) = 11,778. Statistical weights were applied to ensure that survey results are representative of the state's population.  See About the Minnesota Health Access Survey data for more information.

Minnesotans without dental insurance (22%) reported a higher rate of forgone dental care due to cost compared to those with dental insurance (9%).


Minnesotans in small rural and isolated towns were more likely to experience forgone dental care

Minnesotans with forgone dental care due to cost by urban/rural status, 2013

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program, Minnesota Health Access Survey, 2011 to 2013. Note: MNHA is a self-report survey in which the respondent reports for his/herself or another member of the household.  Respondents must be 18 years of age or older.  Total sample size (2013) = 11,778. Statistical weights were applied to ensure that survey results are representative of the state's population.  See About the Minnesota Health Access Survey data for more information.

Those living in isolated small rural towns reported higher rates of forgone dental care due to cost (17%), followed by large rural cities and towns (15%), small rural towns and urban cities (11%).

For more information: About the Minnesota Health Access Survey data.