Dental Care versus Health Plans: A Study in the City of Campina Grande, PB, Brazil

Sérgio d’AVILA, Pierre Andrade Pereira de OLIVEIRA, Rilva Suely de Castro Cardoso LUCAS, Eliane Alvin de SOUZA

Abstract


Objective: To evaluate the degree of satisfaction of 60 dentists regarding the perception of their rights and duties, professional contentment and remuneration granted by health plans in the city of Campina Grande, PB, Brazil. Method: This was a transversal study with a sample chosen at random from the list provided by the Regional Council of Dentistry/PB. Data were collected from forms and analyzed using Epi Info statistical software. Results: Most dentists were females (70%) in the 31-40-year-old age group (31.7%), had 21-30 years of graduation (31.6%) and had no postgraduate courses (40.7%). 82.1% of the interviewees affirmed to have knowledge of the health plan policies. 60.2% of the dentists that worked for dental health plans stated to have a signed contract with the health insurance company. The interviewees revealed a clear discontentment with the dental health plans and most professionals classified their remuneration as bad or very bad (76.8%). Several professionals reported to appeal to group dental systems in order to increase their income and body of clients. Those who are unsatisfied (30%) intend to withdrawal from the health plans, but almost 70% prefer to stay because being health plan associate represents an increment in their income. Regarding the existence of any interference from the health plans in the treatment planning, approximately 70.6% of the respondents affirmed that this situation is real. Conclusion: The dentists revealed dissatisfaction with their remuneration, the term of payment, the paid values and, mainly, the loss of autonomy because the health plans are transforming the associated, formerly a self-employed person, into a salaried employee.

Keywords


Assistência à saúde; Cobertura de serviços privados de saúde; Mercado de trabalho; Delivery of health care; Private health care coverage; Job market.



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4034/pboci.v7i3.172

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