America's Dental Care Crisis
Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Iâm Rob Lorei. Coming up today weâll talk about the dental crisis facing the country- itâs the topic of a new documentary tonight on PBS. Weâll also discuss yesterdayâs Supreme Court Decision on Arizonaâs controversial immigration lawâ¦â¦
While we await the Supreme Court decisionâs on President Obamaâs health care reform planâthereâs another aspect of health care thatâs rarely discussed- dental care.
Dental care can be a matter of life and death. Yet millions of Americans canât 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.
Hereâs the trailer for tonightâs Frontline episode- which will air at 10PM on WEDU.
Correspondent Miles OâBrien reported on the cracks in the nationâs dental care system and I spoke with him earlier about tonightâs program. Frontline link herecomments powered by Disqus