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Dental care delayed due to cost, past 12 months


For all persons eligible for the Access to Care section (ACCESSELIG), DELAYDTCST reports whether, in the past 12 months, the respondent has delayed seeking dental care (including check-ups) because of worry about the cost.

DELAYDTCST is collected as part of the Access to Care section, which gathers information on usual source of care for all family members, characteristics of usual source of care health providers, and barriers family members have faced in obtaining needed health care. Please see UNMTNDMC for all variables pertaining to reasons the respondent was unable to obtain or had to delay necessary medical care and ACCESSELIG for more information about the Access to Care section.

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This variable is comparable over time.


  • 2018-2021: All persons eligible for the Access to Care section (ACCESSELIG).


  • 2018-2021



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