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Letters: United Concordia policy

October 05, 2015 While the decision by United Concordia Companies, Inc. to begin denying claims for any periapical radiograph taken routinely on a patient who does not have complaints or symptoms ("United Concordia to Deny Claims with Routine Radiographs on Patients Without Symptoms," Aug. 17 ADA News) shows a surprising level of irresponsibility to its policy holders, it is but one more instance where we as the patient's doctor should not be swayed in our treatment recommendations by an insurance company. If we, in our professional judgment, believe that one or more periapical radiographs is of important diagnostic benefit to our patient than we should recommend it without hesitation. The patients who trust their dental care to us deserve nothing less. It is then up to the patient to decide whether to follow our recommendation or not.

Steven A. Gold, D.D.S.
Portland, Oregon