June 2011

Volume 28, Issue 2

Pricing and competition in the private dental market in Finland

Authors: E. Widström A. Väisänen H. Mikkola
doi: 10.1922/CDH_2558Widström05


Objective. To investigate how the prices were set in private dental care, which factors determined prices and whether the recent National Dental Care Reform had increased competition in the dental care market in Finland. Design. A questionnaire to all full time private dentists (n=1,121) in the ten largest cities. Characteristics of the practice, prices charged, price setting, perceived competition and expectations for the practices were requested. The response rate was 59.6%. Correlation analysis (Pearson’s) was used to study relationships between the prices of different treatment items. Linear regression analysis was used to study determinants of the price of a one surface filling. Results. Most dentists´ fee schedules were based on the price of a one surface filling and updated annually. Changes in practice costs calculated by the dentists´ professional association and information on average prices charged on dental treatments in the country influenced pricing. High price levels were associated with specialisation, working in a group practice, working close to many other practices or in a town with a dental school. Less than half of the respondents had faced competition in dental services and price competition was insignificant. Conclusions. Price setting followed traditional patterns and private markets in dental services were not found to be very competitive. Key words: Competition, pricing, private dental care.


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