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In International journal of environmental research and public health ; h5-index 73.0

The increasing healthcare cost imposes a large economic burden for the Japanese government. Predicting the healthcare cost may be a useful tool for policy making. A database of the area-basis public health insurance of one city was analyzed to predict the medical healthcare cost by the dental healthcare cost with a machine learning strategy. The 30,340 subjects who had continued registration of the area-basis public health insurance of Ebina city during April 2017 to September 2018 were analyzed. The sum of the healthcare cost was JPY 13,548,831,930. The per capita healthcare cost was JPY 446,567. The proportion of medical healthcare cost, medication cost, and dental healthcare cost was 78%, 15%, and 7%, respectively. By the results of the neural network model, the medical healthcare cost proportionally depended on the medical healthcare cost of the previous year. The dental healthcare cost of the previous year had a reducing effect on the medical healthcare cost. However, the effect was very small. Oral health may be a risk for chronic diseases. However, when evaluated by the healthcare cost, its effect was very small during the observation period.

Nomura Yoshiaki, Ishii Yoshimasa, Chiba Yota, Suzuki Shunsuke, Suzuki Akira, Suzuki Senichi, Morita Kenji, Tanabe Joji, Yamakawa Koji, Ishiwata Yasuo, Ishikawa Meu, Sogabe Kaoru, Kakuta Erika, Okada Ayako, Otsuka Ryoko, Hanada Nobuhiro


dental healthcare cost, healthcare cost, medical healthcare cost, neural network, zero-inflated model