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Table 3 Mean Caries-related Treatment Costs by Age in 2003 and 2012 and Adjusted for Inflation

From: Consequences of community water fluoridation cessation for Medicaid-eligible children and adolescents in Juneau, Alaska

Age Group
(years)
Mean ($)
2003 Optimal CWF
Mean ($)
2012 Suboptimal CWF
Mann-Whitney U
p
Total Cost Inc/ % Inc Adjusted a
−25% Inflation
Increase ($) Attributed to Suboptimal CWF
0 to < 6 272.72 644.72 0.0001 372.00/136% 111% 302.71
0 to < 7 350.13 692.87 0.0001 342.74/98% 73% 255.60
7 to < 13 241.52 382.44 0.001 140.92/58% 33% 79.70
13 to 18 519.07 795.68 0.035 276.61/53% 28% 145.34
0 to 18 344.34 593.70 0.0001 249.36/72% 47% 161.84
  1. aService provider charges were used rather than Medicaid reimbursement amounts for comparisons by accurately adjusting for inflation