December 02, 1999
In 1997, about 59 percent of all full-time employees in medium and large private establishments were offered some type of dental care benefit from their employers.
The percentage of full-time employees offered dental care benefits was higher for professional, technical, and related employees (64 percent) than it was for either clerical and sales employees (59 percent) or blue-collar and service employees (56 percent).
Among those with dental care benefits, 81 percent received care from traditional fee for service plans, 11 percent from preferred provider organizations, and 8 percent from health maintenance organizations.
Irrespective of the type of plan under which employees receive dental care, the following procedures are covered in 98 percent or more of plans: exams, x-rays, surgery, fillings, periodontal care, endodontics, crowns, and prosthetics. For each of those procedures, more than three-quarters of those covered received a percentage of the usual, customary and reasonable charge for the procedure as the benefit.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Dental care benefits in medium and large private establishments on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1999/nov/wk5/art04.htm (visited October 22, 2014).
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