market overview The Minister claimed that the government aims at increasing budget allocation for the health sector to 6% of GDP. Another area of focus is e-health, due to the vastity of the Mongolian territory, to better integrate remote regions in the healthcare system and build a comprehensive database to enable people living in countryside and in most remote areas to get early diagnosis and proper treatment.
Dentistry Dental workforce in Mongolia comprises dentists, dental nurses and dental technicians. About 120 dentists and 30 dental technicians graduate every year, mainly in the School of Dentistry of the Health Sciences University of Mongolia, as only in 2004 a private dental college was established in Ulaan Baatar. According to information reported at the Interface Oral Health Science 2011 Symposium there are currently about 900 dentists and 160 dental technicians in Mongolia. The dentist-to-population ratio is very low and the need for dental professionals is going to increase along with the growth of the population, which is expected to reach 3.9 million by 2020. The geographic distribution of dentists is also very uneven and concentrated in urban centers, especially in Ulaan Baatar where about 80% of dentists live and work, 30% in public health facilities and 70% in private practice. Although costs for public dental services are reimbursed, those who can afford it prefer to seek private care, whose fees are not regulated. As regards the supply of dental equipment and materials, it is totally dependent on imports. Sources:
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