This means that plenty of families will actually have to choose between a family holiday and getting their teeth done. Plenty of studies ran by the National Association of Dental Plans reveal that people most likely to visit the dentist for regular dental care are the ones who actually have proper dental coverage.
Well over 50% of the insured American adults do respect regular appointments for dental checkups and cleanings, which helps them maintain good oral health and avoid complex dental issues.
An interesting study led by the Washington State Hospital Association showed that during a 1.5 year period, there were recorded well over 54,000 dental care related visits to the emergency rooms. Combined, the costs for these treatments equal $36 million, which comes from the state’s budget, which is further “sustained” by taxpayers.
The problem is that patients visiting the ER room with complex dental problems are charged even up to 4 times more than what the actual treatment would cost. The good news is that thanks to the effort of the Washington Dental Service , a quarter of a million Washingtonians will enjoy again good dental coverage from next year.
Even so, there will be still just too many adults left without coverage, and politicians are trying to introduce a bill in order to add adult dental care coverage to the Affordable Care Act at least from 2015. Now, it depends on each state’s congressional delegation whether they will support these bills or not.
Providing proper dental coverage and treatments to patients with certain underlying health conditions, could actually reduce the hospitalizations by up to 50%. Patients with diabetes who have access to proper dental care and receive treatments will keep their condition under control, so less state money is needed to keep these people in hospitals.
Not to speak about the fact that these patients can maintain their health and lead a good quality life without the torment of hospitalization and painful treatments.
The University of Pennsylvania ran a study which shows that the average savings can exceed $3,000 per person annually, if they receive dental treatments in time. Given the number of diabetes patients who are insured by Medicaid, the Washington Dental Service Foundation found that the Government would save a whopping $24 million if these people had proper dental coverage and received their treatments in time.
Ultimately it comes down to state savings, but most importantly, to the general well being of the patient. From both points of view it is the best if patients can have proper dental coverage and get their dental treatments in time without worrying about the exaggerated costs all the time.