In 2013 just over 11% of people in Iceland had an unmet need for a dental examination or treatment on account of not being able to afford it, rising from 5.6% in 2008. The main increase occurred between 2008 and 2011. Unmet need for dental examination or treatment follows an income gradient, from 17.7% of people in the lowest income quintile to 4.8% in the highest one.
In 2012 the proportion of people denying themselves dental care due to costs was the fourth highest in Iceland compared to other European nations. The proportion was higher in Latvia, Portugal and Romania.
In Iceland 3.7% of people had an unmet need for medical examination or treatment due to affordability in 2013. In 2012 Iceland had the sixth highest proportion of people denying themselves medical care on account of costs, this being more frequent only in Latvia, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria and Italy.
On the other hand, in 2012 Iceland ranked sixth among European nations in terms of self-rated health as 77% of Icelandic people reported their health as good or very good. Ireland had the highest level of self-rated health, 83.1% being in good or very good health, followed by Switzerland and Sweden. In Iceland men are more likely than women to be in good health, 79.5% judging their health to be good or very good compared to 74.1% of women.
Statistics Iceland has published an issue in the Statistical Series about economy and health based on the European Survey on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC). More details on the results can be found in the Statistical Series.
Economy and health 2013 - Statistical Series