Why poor kids can’t find a dentist

For those of you interested in Medicaid coverage for dental work (you know who you are), Slate has a great article with some interesting facts:

Two-thirds of Medicaid children do not visit a dentist in a given year

and

One Maryland dentist reported that his staff called 748 dentists listed as Medicaid providers and found that only 23 percent would take new Medicaid patients

and

Maryland’s Medicaid payments for common dental procedures ranged from 37 percent to 73 percent of the market rate

(While you are at it, take a look at how the dental profession turned itself around in the past thirty years, from being nearly “extinct” to quite lucrative today)

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