Bonaire: number of dental visits down

In 2017, 46 percent of Bonaire’s population aged 15 years or older paid a visit to the dentist. This is less than in 2013, when 56 percent of the residents had a dental visit. Last year, 10 percent went to see a physiotherapist or remedial therapist, down from 21 percent in 2013. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this on the basis of new figures.

 20172013
General practitioner74.278.1
Dentist46.456.2
Specialist40.440
Hospital admission119.7
Physiotherapy10.321.4

As of 1 January 2015, people aged 18 years or older are not reimbursed for most types of dental care. Until that time, they were eligible for a one-off restorative dental treatment.

Two-thirds of 15 to 24-year-olds visited a dentist in 2017

In 2017, the share of people visiting a dentist at least once was lower than in 2013. This decline was sharpest among lower-educated people, namely from 51 to 38 percent. There was no significant drop in dental visits in most age categories, with the exception of 25 to 44-year-olds. Of this group, 40 percent went to see a dentist in 2017, versus 57 percent in 2013.

 20172013
Total46.456.2
Age
65 yrs or older35.539
45 to 64 yrs49.858.4
25 to 44 yrs39.757.2
15 to 24 yrs65.363.6
Education level
High60.167.2
Intermediate54.459.8
Low37.651.3

Dental patients paying fewer visits

The average number of dental visits by patients in 2017 declined relative to 2013: from 7 to 4 visits. Patients with a low education background visited a dentist over 8 times in 2013, while they went 4 times in 2017. The number of dental visits among 15 to 24-year-old patients dropped from 9 to 5.

 20172013
Total4.17.4
Age
45 to 64 yrs4.37.3
25 to 44 yrs3.36.7
15 to 24 yrs5.19.4
Education level
High2.95.6
Intermediate4.56.5
Low4.38.5

Decline in physiotherapy visits strongest among low-skilled

As of 1 January 2015, the number of physiotherapy treatments covered by health insurance has become limited. The number of people visiting a physiotherapist or remedial therapist in 2017 was smaller compared to 2013. The decrease was sharpest among 45 to 64-year-olds. Of the people with a lower level of education, 20 percent visited a physiotherapist at least once in 2013, versus 7 percent in 2017. Among 45 to 64-year-olds, this percentage share dropped from 25 to 11 percent. Those receiving treatment from a physiotherapist had just as many therapy sessions in 2017 as in 2013.

 20172013
Total10.321.4
Age*
65 yrs or older14.625.4
45 to 64 yrs11.325.4
25 to 44 yrs1019.9
Education level
High1723.7
Intermediate12.222.4
Low7.320.4