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Letters: Affordability

September 03, 2018

I have an interesting twist to the story "HPI: More Publicly Insured Children Seeing Dentists," (Aug. 6 ADA News) which includes "closing gap between publicly and privately insured children." Years ago I worked in a practice where half of the patients received Medicaid benefits and half were fee-for-service/private insurance. It was interesting that fee-for-service and privately insured often had to say, "Doc, I just can't afford the space maintainer (or other treatment). What do we have to do to avoid an acute problem and just do that?" So the tax-paying patient had to reduce treatment on their children because they couldn't afford it, but the Medicaid patients got everything at the expense of the taxpayer? Just a thought.

Geoff Bauman, D.M.D.
Newark, Ohio