The Malta Independent 21 May 2019, Tuesday

Over 46% of Maltese did not visit a dentist in 2017

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 09:55 Last update: about 4 months ago

46.5% of Maltese did not visit a dentist in 2017, recently released statistics by EUROSTAT – The European Union’s he statistical office of the European Union, show.

This percentage is just slightly higher than the EU average of 45%. 

45% of Maltese went once or twice to their dentist in 2017, the statistics show, while the rest went more frequently.

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Slovenia had the largest share of persons who went to the dentist six times or more (6%) during 2017, while Germany had the highest percentage of people (17%) going to the dentist 3 to 5 times. The share of persons who did not go to see the dentist was highest in Romania (82%).

17% of Maltese did not visit a General Practitioner (GP) during 2017, the statistics show, which is lower than the EU average of 23.5%.

Around 44% of Maltese consulted the GP once or twice that year, while 27% went between 4 to 5 times and over 7.5% went between six to nine times. Over 4% visited ten times or more.

In 2017, nearly four in ten people (38%) in the European Union (EU) went to see their generalist medical practitioner once or twice in the 12 months prior to the survey. Denmark had the largest share of persons who saw their generalist practitioner 6 times or more (49%) during the previous 12 months, while France had the highest percentage of people (34%) going to the doctor 3 to 5 times. The share of persons consulting their doctor once or twice was largest in Slovakia (47%) and the share of persons who did not go to see the doctor was highest in Greece (61%).

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