Wednesday, May 30, 2007

It was just painful to read this whole article and not see the obvious solution even mentioned. Most dentists won't accept new Medicaid patients because Medicaid doesn't pay even close to the market rate. States could simply give needy families dental vouchers. The recipient would still have to make up the difference between the market rate and the voucher amount, but it would help a lot more than nothing. Or am I missing something? If it were that easy, then why don't Medicaid patients already try to "bribe" dentists into helping them? Or do many already do so? Is there a rule against this?

Oh, and does this really work?

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