America's Dental Care Crisis06/26/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Iâ€™m Rob Lorei. Coming up today weâ€™ll talk about the dental crisis facing the country- itâ€™s the topic of a new documentary tonight on PBS. Weâ€™ll also discuss yesterdayâ€™s Supreme Court Decision on Arizonaâ€™s controversial immigration lawâ€¦â€¦
While we await the Supreme Court decisionâ€™s on President Obamaâ€™s health care reform planâ€”thereâ€™s another aspect of health care thatâ€™s rarely discussed- dental care.
Dental care can be a matter of life and death. Yet millions of Americans canâ€™t afford a visit to the dentist. An investigation by the PBS series FRONTLINE and the Center for Public Integrity reveals the consequences of a broken safety net.
Poor children, entitled by law to dental care, often cannot find a dentist willing to see them. Others kids receive excessive care billed to Medicaid, or major surgery for preventable tooth infections.
For adults with dental disease, the situation can be as dire â€” and bankrupting. Millions of Americans use emergency rooms for dental care, at a cost of more than half a billion dollars every year--corporate dental chains are moving in, in some cases allegedly overcharging patients or loading them with high priced credit card debt.
Hereâ€™s the trailer for tonightâ€™s Frontline episode- which will air at 10PM on WEDU.
Correspondent Miles Oâ€™Brien reported on the cracks in the nationâ€™s dental care system and I spoke with him earlier about tonightâ€™s program. Frontline link here