2019 Volume 61 Issue 4 Pages 558-559
To contribute to future dental healthcare policies, this study compiled data on hospital expenses and follow-ups conducted after a hospital dentistry department was established. In addition, the management status and reports on the utility and challenges of establishing a dentistry department were analyzed. The dentistry department was established through fund raising and inaugurated in May 2009. The depreciation period was set at 7 years, and income and expenditure during the 7 years 8 months after opening were compiled. In total, 17.22 million yen was needed for the dentistry department. The average income from dental care was 21.59 million yen per year, and expenditure amounted to 21.54 million yen per year. The findings indicated that a general dentist able to systemically manage patients was essential in a chronic-care hospital. Moreover, the present findings indicate that if general dentistry consultations were performed without excessive investments, after adjusting for personnel expenses, such an initiative would neither yield considerable income nor produce a substantial deficit. Finally, it is imperative to develop staff who are familiar with the costs and management of hospital dentistry and to increase medical fees for consultations with elderly patients.