65% of dental patients at private practices are covered by private insurance: Report

Sixty-five percent of dental patients at private dental practices are covered by private insurance, compared to 20% of patients at dental school clinics, according to a new report from the American Dental Education Association.

The ADEA released a report Feb. 6 examining U.S. dental schools' provision of dental services and their engagement with government programs. The report also detailed how insurance coverage compared for patients of private practices versus dental schools.

Here is how insurance coverage for patients differed between private practices and dental schools:

Insurance coverage for private practice dental patients 

Not insured: 27% 

Public insurance: 9%

Private insurance: 65%

Insurance coverage for patients of responding dental schools

Not insured: 41%

Public insurance: 39%

Private insurance: 20%

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