A happy patient in our Battle Creek, MI office expressed their sentiment with this kind gift — delivered to Brad McKeague of the office. We strive to make all our patients happy!
Pleased that our Studio Dental office on 4516 S. Damen in Chicago participated in a Back to School Health and Fun Fair at Davis Square Park a few days ago. Check out the great pictures!
Many Americans have trouble affording dental care. Depending on what type of insurance they have or what state they live in, low to middle income people feel they have to go without dental care altogether.
If a person has private dental insurance, many patients have a difficult time paying their share. Medicaid patients have a hard time finding dentists who will take their insurance, according to Pew.
Another barrier to dental care for low-income adults is the relatively low reimbursement rates offered by state Medicaid programs. Extensive paperwork and oversight also limit the number of dentists willing to take Medicaid patients. (The ACA calls for even more intensive oversight and audits.) The result is poor access to preventive care for low-income people on Medicaid in much of the country, ultimately resulting in higher overall costs.
At least state laws require Medicaid and private dental insurers to provide coverage for children. Most states however, leave adults to fend for themselves. California, Virginia, South Carolina and Indiana are extending some additional dental coverage for adults.
Dental coverage through Medicaid has a poor history at best. Medicaid dental coverage is not the only coverage that is struggling to keep Americans healthy, Pew opines.
The problem is not limited to Medicaid. Most employer-sponsored insurance pays for only a portion of the cost of an annual checkup and a few fillings. For moderate-income people who need more extensive restorative work, out-of-pocket expenses can be unaffordable. In a recent survey, nearly four out of 10 respondents said they or a family member had put off seeing a dentist because of concerns about out-of-pocket expenses.
If people have dental problems without proper coverage they tend to delay dental card until it becomes an emergency. Once it is an emergency they go to the emergency room. Most ERs aren’t properly equipped to treat dental emergencies so they just treat the pain without treating what caused the pain. The end result is the patients problem still exists while costing them more money.
The struggle for states to provide adequate adult dental care rolls on. Some states are starting to “get it” and realize it costs them more if patients use emergency rooms for dental care. Some insurances are starting to include dental care in their lower priced packages. Other states are expanding coverages to some adult dental care.
Until people can afford preventative dental care, the problem of getting people proper care will continue.
Finances and dental care do not always go together. If it comes down to catching up on a car or house payment or that family vacation you have been dreaming about and dental care, dental care usually loses out.
A recent 108 page report by the Federal Reserve Board’s Board of Governors, said this about family members:
- 25% didn’t get dental care when it was needed.
- 15% went without a doctor visit.
- 13% went without prescription medicine.
- 11% went without prescription medicine.
Many people who do have health insurance, don’t have a sufficient dental plan. A co-payment system, especially for low income participants, is another barrier that prevents proper dental care. People are having trouble affording proper dental treatment.
Several states have eliminated adult dental coverage under Medicaid altogether. Other states are considering dropping the coverage in their upcoming budgets. Add this fact to the lowering number of companies offering dental plans, and the number of people who can afford dental care is dropping.
When people put off dental maintenance it could lead to bigger and more costly medical problems. If not properly insured or financed a trip to the emergency room usually follows. That trip to the emergency room will not only be more expensive but it will not properly treat the dental problem. Most emergency rooms are not equipped to handle dental emergencies.
When finances are low and you have to make the tough decisions on what to spend your money on, try and keep in mind the importance of your dental health. You, your family and your smile will be glad you did.
Family Dental of Richmond took part in the 2nd Annual Copa Telemundo Soccer Tournament recently. A total of 32 teams competed throughout the day for the championship.
More than 2,000 people came to show their support for their loved ones or their favorite team. It was a fun a day for everyone, the sun was shining and so were we.
Our booth allowed us to see familiar faces and meet new ones. We gave out more than 2,000 goodie bags. From dancing with Lucky the Aaron’s Furniture Dog to informing a first time mom about gum care for her baby girl, it was a GOLASO event!