Wendell Potter – Is Crony Capitalism a Big Reason for America’s Dental Health Care Crisis?

For an example of how Big Money in politics is causing real harm to average Americans, look at the practice of dentistry in this country.

The United States is facing a dental care crisis for a number of reasons. First, dental care has become so expensive many of us can’t afford to go the dentist. More than 130 million of us lack dental benefits–far more than the number of people without medical coverage. And even people who have dental benefits usually find they’re on the hook for 50 percent of the cost of expensive procedures like root canals and crowns.

Other reasons for the crisis include the fact that Medicare doesn’t cover dental work. And the fact that only 20 percent of dentists are willing to treat Medicaid patients. In addition, few dentists practice in rural areas or poor neighborhoods of big cities. One of every six Americans lives in a “dental desert,” which is a community where few if any dentists practice.

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