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Needed dental care but could not get it, past 12 months

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NOTDENTAL indicates whether, at any time during the past 12 months, the person needed dental care but could not get it.

The Field Representative's Manual instructed interviewers to accept any reason respondents gave (e.g., "missed bus" or "too busy") as a valid response for being unable to get service.

NOTCARE indicates whether the person needed medical care or surgery but did not get it during the past 12 months. Other variables indicating specific types of medical care that the person needed but did not receive during the past 12 months include: NOTADULTDAY (for adult day care); NOTASSTLIVE (for assisted living); NOTGLASS (for eyeglasses); NOTHOMCARE (for home health care); NOTHOSPICE (for hospice care); NOTMEDS (for prescription medications); NOTMENTAL (for mental health services); and NOTNURSHOME (for nursing home care).


Apart from the change in universe, this variable is completely comparable over time.


  • 1993: All persons in quarters 3 and 4.
  • 1994-1996: All persons.


  • 1993-1996