During the period 1994–2008, cardholders were less likely than non-cardholders to:

  • make a dental visit in the 12 months prior to the survey
  • visit a private dentist
  • visit for a check-up
  • receive a scale and clean
  • report that they usually visited a dentist once a year or that they usually visited for a check-up.

Cardholders were more likely than non-cardholders to:

  • receive a dental extraction
  • report that they avoided or delayed dental care due to cost or that cost had prevented them receiving recommended dental treatment.