Emergency Rooms Full of Patients with Dental Problems
There is an obvious increase in the number of visits to emergency rooms for receiving free dental care services. But experts consider that expanding the coverage of Medicaid will not solve the problem. Besides, some of the states demonstrate the increase in visits which could be avoided. In general, it is 2% of cases that must not have been covered and the expenses were considered to be unreasoned.
The increase is not the same in all the states and there are no obvious reasons for the associated hikes. Along with the hikes, there are states that are characterized by certain decreases in using emergency rooms which is also considered to be unexplainable. Experts noticed that the drop in the number of people who visit emergency rooms is closely related with their residence.
Living in highly populated counties means a lot of dentists and an increased range of services offered by dentists. Here, the number of visits was decreased reasonably once it became known that Medicaid was going to be expanded. But to exclude those expenses associated with visiting emergency departments, dentists need to serve Medicaid patients. But, at present, they decide not to treat them as they are not able to cover the treatment costs due to low financial support and reimbursement rates.
Patients do not have any choice then and all they can do is to use emergency services. Besides, the percent of dentists that accept Medicaid patients is too low and for example, in Missouri, it is only 11 percent of dentists that serve those patients. But, the predictions are not positive as a lot of dentists are going to stop providing dental services soon as it is not a profitable business and they suffer from a lot of financial losses. As a result, patients are expected to experience certain problems with receiving affordable dental care.
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