There is quite a big misconception regarding why Americans cannot afford dental care.
Some of the reasons include that there are not enough dentists, or that dentists get paid too low.
However, statistics in the health field point towards exactly the opposite and here are some important facts:
American families pay on average $19,393 per year for health care coverage. Even like this, between 50% and 60% of the personal bankruptcies are directly linked to medical costs…Americans spend twice as much for health care as the Japanese, the Canadians or the Swedish.
It is said that Americans spend so much on dental and health care costs because they drink too much, they are obese and they are chain smokers. Statistics show that US citizens consume 8.3 liters of alcohol per capita, while the French drink twice as much and they spend much less on dental and general health care costs.
In the US, the percent of daily smokers is 17.5%, while in Japan this number rises to 30.3%. Smoking is extremely damaging for oral health, and since there is a low number of smokers in the US compared to other nations, why can’t Americans afford to treat gum disease or oral cancer complications caused by smoking?
Dental and medical professions in the US are rated as best-paid jobs. Even so, it seems that many American citizens do not have proper access to dental care, and they cannot afford sometimes even the basic treatments.
Aren’t there enough professionals who choose to become highly paid dentists? Or is there simply something wrong with the system?
Even though Americans pay for outrageously expensive dental insurance policies, if a more serious dental problem needs to be treated such as severe periodontal disease, or the need for dental implants… the citizens are on their own, and they need to pay out of pocket for these expenses.
Alternatively, they can choose to treat themselves at the free dental care events hosted throughout the country.
Insurance companies are overcharging; over the last decade alone the premiums went up 131%. For 2011, the average annual premium for family coverage exceeds $15,000. According to several estimations, instead of seeing a bright future, Americans will be forced to pay for health care costs more than they can actually earn. All these, by 2030.
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