This just in from
DrBicuspid.com (link requires registration):
A Michigan woman with severe periodontitis died this
month because the state eliminated adult dental Medicaid benefits,
according to the director of a chain of clinics that attempted to
arrange her treatment.
The woman, whose name has not been released at the request of her
family, died October 8 after getting a blood infection, said Thomas
Veryser, D.D.S., M.H.S.A, executive director of Michigan Community
Dental Clinics. He said he did not know her precise cause of death,
but to explain the blood infection "physical examination provided
no alternative to the obvious chronic periodontitis that the
patient suffered from"....
When a physician detected her blood infection in early July, he
recommended that all her teeth be extracted. The dental clinic
scheduled this treatment at a local hospital, but the hospital
postponed the procedure because she had mild pneumonia that
prevented the use of general anesthesia.
By the time she recovered from the pneumonia, the state had
eliminated dental services and the hospital would not put her under
general anesthesia because the cost--which it estimated at $4,500
to $6,000--would not be reimbursed by the state, Dr. Veryser
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I do not like this <a href="http://www.drnathanhaas.com/" rel="nofollow"> dental Medicaid </a> program got blame.
Posted by: DrNathanhaas (email@example.com) on 05/16/2011