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HPI report shows dental spending increased again in 2016

December 12, 2017

By Jennifer Garvin

Graph of dental spending from 1990-2016
For the second year in a row, dental spending increased after being flat for several years, according to a new report from the ADA Health Policy Institute.

National dental expenditures were $124 billion in 2016, up from $120 billion in 2015 — a 3.3 percent increase, according to the analysis, "U.S. Dental Expenditures 2017 Update."

Dental spending accounted for 3.7 percent of all health spending, the same as it was in 2015.

The report also said that spending increased in 2016 for all sources of financing, including out-of-pocket, insurance and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services programs. The report noted the "breakdown of expenditure by source of financing was largely unchanged in 2016" with CMS programs seeing a slight increase.

To read the full report, visit