“4.6 million children in America in 2008 did not see a dentist because their parents did not have enough money to pay, and only 38% of seniors had dental coverage in 2006, says a new report by the Institute of Medicine (IoM) and National Research Council. The authors say that ‘persistent and systemic’ obstacles undermine people’s access to oral health care…”
Midlevel providers, rural outreach programs, and medicaid reimbursement overhaul are all considerations in the extensive debate over how to bring dental care to more children. This is a complex social issue due to the proximity of some residents in rural areas and the lack of available providers or inability to adequate serve the high volume of patients and low reimbursement rates in urban areas. If you have an interest public health policy, this is a topic that will continue to receive much attention in the years to come.