Are Dentists Prejudiced Against Medicaid Patients?
I have Medicaid coverage for my dental care but can’t find a decent dentist in my area who’s willing to take me as a patient. The only one who seems to take Medicaid patients in my area is not so affectionately known as Ben the Butcher. No one goes to him unless it’s a dire emergency. Why won’t most regular dentists see us?
Louis (adverse to butchers)
Yikes! I don’t blame the patients in your area avoiding dear old Dr. Ben. I’m not sure I want to know what helped him get that nickname. Obviously, I can’t speak for every dentist. Here’s what I see happening. Some doctors tailor their business to high-end clients. That’s their right and Medicaid definitely isn’t among the high-end clientele. Others want to see some Medicaid patients but limit the number. The reason for that isn’t likely a dislike of the patients as much as the payout.
Medicaid typically pays dentists about half of what a traditional insurance pays. In fact, USA Today did a story on it in 2015. Here’s a quote from the article:
“Many dentists are reluctant to participate in the government program because it typically pays as little as half of what they get from patients with private insurance. For example, Medicaid in Colorado pays $87 for a filling on a back tooth and $435 for a crown, compared to the $150 and $800 that private patients typically pay.”
Angel Dental Care Sees Medicaid Patients
Our clinic has made it a priority to make sure everyone can get dental care, which is why we’re Medicaid Dental Providers.
In fact, we even work out affordable options for those who don’t qualify for Medicaid, but still can’t afford dental care.
We’ve seen too many dental emergencies which could have been avoided. Patients who lost teeth which could have been saved if only they’d been seen a little sooner. Don’t let financial considerations keep you from the dentist. Often, it costs you more in both money and teeth.
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