1. Your comments are accurate. The scariest thing about Medicaid and PeachCare is what sort of treatment your children might receive.

    Most dentists have an overhead of 55-70%. At an average of 30% of their average fees, dentists lose money treating Medicaid and PeachCare patients. So what are their logical options?

    1. A dentist can merely resign himslef to lose money treating these patients, and charge other patients more. However, private patients are not dumb, and they will gravitate to non-Medicaid/PeachCare practices where they are not subsidizing the treatment of other patients.

    2. The dentist can bill Medicaid fraudulently. Very few choose this, as loss of license and prison is pretty scarey.

    3. The dentists can herd as many Medicaid/PeachCare patients in for appointments as possible, and do as much treatment on them as possible per visit, whether it is needed or not. This is in actual fact the most common modeality employed to treat such patients.

    A chain of dental clinics recently got in trouble for this. They made it plain that contracting dentists were expected to do a minimum of 4 stainless steel crowns per hour on kids, (Stainless steel crowns net the most Medicaid/PeachCare reimbursement in per unit of time spent.)

    A few years ago, a child patient died in an office in Albany due to anesthetic overdose. It is notoriously difficult to get Medicaid and PeachCare kids to keep their appointments. So once one is in the chair, dentists try to do all the work they can in one appointment. In this case, the dentist gave too much anesthetic to try do dental treatment on a small child.

    You don’t want ANYONE to try to do treatment on your children under duress, and this is exactly what Medicaid and Peachcare force dentists to do. If you expect the government to provide healthcare for your child, don’t expect it to be very good.

    Kim Henry, D.M.D.

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  3. Ivonne R. Howard says

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