Letters: More on ER dental care
September 02, 2013
In my opinion, there are other reasons for the ER visits. It is a fact that many young adults cannot afford dental care. Unfortunately, many others see dental care as discretionary spending and place it below activities that provide enjoyment. Young adults know that they cannot be turned away from an ER even if they do not pay. In our town, the ER also has become a place to obtain narcotics for dental problems that are never treated.
This is the situation in my mountain town where skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, etc., come first in the young adult's budget.
Of course, extreme sports yield extreme injuries and the "free" ER is a magnet for those who also do not want to place health insurance in their budget.
Craig Schrager, D.D.S.
Mammoth Lakes, Calif.