Wanted: Medicaid dentists

Wanted: Medicaid dentists

There are 51 comments on the GoErie.com story from Jun 23, 2008, titled Wanted: Medicaid dentists. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

Dentist Joseph Bukowski talks to patient Jasmine Bonds during a visit at the Martin Luther King Center Dental Clinic on June 20.

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Robert F Perkins

France

#1 Jun 23, 2008
I say why should we the taxpayers have to pay for the ghetto boons to get their teeth fixed? Who cares if they're in agony? It's not my freakin problem.
If they would just get off the couch and go get a JOB (I know, that's a four-letter word to these "people") they wouldn't NEED "free" (yeah, free to THEM) dental care.
Screw the ghetto-crawlers. I say liquidate the dam ghettos. Hitler had the right idea in Warsaw.
nikki

Avon, OH

#2 Jun 23, 2008
medicaid patients not showing up and not complaing!
That has alot to do with the way a dentist office treats you when you are on medicaid. They simply don't want you. No wonder you're teeth are rotten by the time they finally give you an appt.
Merlin

United States

#3 Jun 23, 2008
Some of the highest paid doctors in Erie and the United States are Dentists.The profit off of elective surgeries such as teeth whitening and braces that mose insurance companies do not pay. Look at the homes some of these guys live in! Is it out of the question for them to donate one hour a week to volunteer at the same clinic Dr. Bukowski works in? Come on guys, give something back!
RTP

Avon, OH

#4 Jun 23, 2008
Merlin wrote:
Some of the highest paid doctors in Erie and the United States are Dentists.The profit off of elective surgeries such as teeth whitening and braces that most insurance companies do not pay. Look at the homes some of these guys live in! Is it out of the question for them to donate one hour a week to volunteer at the same clinic Dr. Bukowski works in? Come on guys, give something back!
You want Dentists to work for free for people too lazy to work?
concerned

Edinboro, PA

#5 Jun 23, 2008
I know that it is true that those on medicaid may not follow through with a treatment plan. But has anyone taken the time to explain the treatment plan to them in a language they can understand? How about helping them with learning about proper nutrition. A comprehenisive clinic is needed where people can get not only cleanings, fillings etc but can also get education and be treated as a valuable human being would help.
Melissa L Strombelline

Akron, OH

#7 Jun 23, 2008
Thank you for your article on the shortage of oral surgeon/dentists who participate in the Medicaid program. I have had an extremely difficult time finding an oral surgeon to extract my wisdom teeth. I had to go to Corry Oral Surgery (Dr. Robert O'Leary) in 2006 to have a tooth extracted. Unfortunately, they are closing.
Melissa L Strombelline

Akron, OH

#8 Jun 23, 2008
nikki wrote:
medicaid patients not showing up and not complaing!
That has alot to do with the way a dentist office treats you when you are on medicaid. They simply don't want you. No wonder you're teeth are rotten by the time they finally give you an appt.
Hi. I am on Medicaid due to my vision impairment. And I do have good dental hygiene.
disabled woman

Oil City, PA

#10 Jun 23, 2008
RTP wrote:
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You want Dentists to work for free for people too lazy to work?
For your information....NOT everyone on Medicaid is "lazy"...i happen to be on it due to disabilites and was a teacher for many years, both paid and unpaid. I gave my time to needed students without worries about money paid to me. At this point in my life, I used to see my private dentist every 6 months for dental care, until i became disabled...now i am labled as one of "Those" welfare people...there are many people that are on medicaid that are good people, just as they were before medicaid, there are bad people on regular insurance, too. i have a relative that says her worst patients are those with money and regular insurance! So wise up and remember, you could be in our shoes someday, i never thought i would be.
disabled woman

Oil City, PA

#11 Jun 23, 2008
concerned wrote:
I know that it is true that those on medicaid may not follow through with a treatment plan. But has anyone taken the time to explain the treatment plan to them in a language they can understand? How about helping them with learning about proper nutrition. A comprehenisive clinic is needed where people can get not only cleanings, fillings etc but can also get education and be treated as a valuable human being would help.
Not everyone on Medicaid is without common sense and they can understand real words, even sometimes the "big" words, too....sheesh! how about the dentist that told their assistant..in front of the patient.."this is good enough work for what i am being paid....:
Try Again

Oil City, PA

#13 Jun 24, 2008
nyscof wrote:
Laws need to be passed to required dentists to treat more Medicaid patients and more low-income Americans.
Gee, there's an idea! Then what? How about we require more doctors to treat more Medicaid patients? Then we require landlords to reduce the rent? Then home sellers to reduce housing prices if the buyer is on Medicaid?

Please! Let's stop trying to legislate what people should or shouldn't do. This is (I thought) a free country.
Try Again

Oil City, PA

#16 Jun 25, 2008
The comment "even though they have accepted welfare to the rich in the form of subsidies to the dental schools and tuition. " is interesting, but flawed.

Certainly there are debt forgiveness programs for most health professionals, where, in exchange for working in an underserved area, a portion of the debt is forgiven for each year of service.

But many students studying in all fields receive state and federal grants which require no pay-back.

By your logic, this would mean that anyone who received a grant toward their education should work for free to "pay it back"?

With the exception of those who receive complete debt forgiveness for their education, most who receive grants receive only a small amount. The rest is normally borrowed, and must be repaid usually starting 6 months after graduation.
angel

Oil City, PA

#17 Jun 25, 2008
Life is short...why can't we all help each other in any possible way we can? My family Dr. told me she believes that more Dr.'s should be helping out the Medicaid patients. Yes, they are paid less, and it is sometimes a game for them to recieve payment. Why doesn't Medicaid behave itself and make it easier for the helpful Dr.'s to be paid in an easier and timely method. Also...think about the time your Dr. spends with you in an exam or whatever..he/she is paid a lot of money for that and can certainly afford to give back a little to the community by helping out others. yes, they went to school and worked hard to get their degree. But would it hurt to give back some for others? Life is short...
klf

Pittsburgh, PA

#21 Jun 25, 2008
Redneck Amerikun wrote:
Da ghetto hose have infected teeth.
Too freakin' bad. It's MY problem? I should pay for them to get their teeth fixed?
Why is that my problem? Those lazy ghetto insects can all DIE of their infections for all I freakin care.
Why does the WORKING WHITE MAN have to pay for the LAZY BLACK GHETTO NEGROS' medical care?
one word for you...."demented"
CRANK

Erie, PA

#22 Jun 25, 2008
disabled woman wrote:
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For your information....NOT everyone on Medicaid is "lazy"...i happen to be on it due to disabilites and was a teacher for many years, both paid and unpaid. I gave my time to needed students without worries about money paid to me. At this point in my life, I used to see my private dentist every 6 months for dental care, until i became disabled...now i am labled as one of "Those" welfare people...there are many people that are on medicaid that are good people, just as they were before medicaid, there are bad people on regular insurance, too. i have a relative that says her worst patients are those with money and regular insurance! So wise up and remember, you could be in our shoes someday, i never thought i would be.
There are exceptions to every rule. On average, about 50% of these medicaid patients fail to keep appointments, are not compliant and not interested in being educated in health related matters, any more than they were in school. Most practices do not get reimbursed enough to cover their costs on these patients, and the percentage of them keeps rising, because of the horrible local economy. That increases insurance costs to the fewer remaining ratepayers, encouraging more departures.
So, lets put Erie Coke out of business.
TOUGH TIMES

Freeport, IL

#23 Jul 5, 2008
i mean who cares if a person is on medicaid or not? yes taxpayers are having to pay for it but oh well..everyone that is getting support from medicaid or not lazy and some just come across hard times and with this economy how are you supposed to get ahead?? A LOT OF MIDDLE CLASS AND SOME UPPER CLASS FAMILIES ARE TURNING SOME WHERE FOR HELP. I THANK GOD FOR THE DENTIST THAT ARE WILLING TO TAKE A PAY CUT, AND NOT LET IT BOTHER THEM.THE ARE THE REAL ONES.
BKB

Concord, CA

#24 Jul 8, 2008
RTP wrote:
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You want Dentists to work for free for people too lazy to work?
What ever happened to compassion. I have a daughter with LUPUS, that led to Kidney Failure. In attempt to control the LUPUS she was given steroids that let to Osteoporosis (two hip replacements before 30 years old), and also affected her teeth. She is not lazy just ill. We have been unable to find anyone that will take her insurance, and her teeth are crumbling in her mouth. Before we pass judgement, we should think about, what if it happened to someone I love? Could I afford the 55,000 dollars the dentist quoted?
Haley

Baton Rouge, LA

#25 Jul 8, 2008
There are a lot of lazy Medicaid people. Here in Louisiana, where I work in a pharmacy, patients often walk off with $1,000 worth of medicine every month..FOR FREE. Then they call because they lost it, they tried to cut it in half and it crumbled everywhere, etc. They just expect the state to hand them over some more. If they run over their allotted 8 medications a month, they are appalled to find out how much money the medicine costs. "What? SIXTY DOLLARS?" yet they have plenty of cash to buy Cheetos, coffee drinks, tobacco, and alcohol. Disgusting.
The government needs to hold people accountable for their actions. I hate when a woman comes in with a Medicaid card and a script for prenatal vitamins. Why do I have to pay for her mistakes? I think if you have one baby and you're on Medicaid, and you get pregnant again, you need to get cut off from the system or get an abortion. These people need to keep their legs closed, we don't need any more of their type ruining our country. This only applies to the 80% of people who abuse the system. I'm sorry their 5 kids by 4 different men have ADD, but guess what? I don't like that my tax dollars go towards paying $300 a month for ONE of their kids to chill the f*ck out at school.
And I'm sorry if they don't understand that, I don't speak Ebonics so I can't explain it to them.
HazyDavy

Erie, PA

#27 Jul 9, 2008
Whether folks want to hear it or not there is another dimension to this problem. Students are increasingly passing up dental school for medical school and the number of dentists is shrinking...at least nationwide. In a related story, Congress just passed a 10% REDUCTION in fees to doctors who treat Medicare patients. Now you may think that docs can survive taking those type of fee cuts, but many WILL stop seeing Medicare patients, and who wins then?
MCR

Canton, OH

#28 Jul 9, 2008
Pennsylvania (our tax dollars) is paying a percentage of the malpractice insurance for doctors. I think this covers dentists too. If so all doctors should be required to do community service at least 1 day a month.
Millcreek Senior

Erie, PA

#29 Jul 9, 2008
MCR wrote:
Pennsylvania (our tax dollars) is paying a percentage of the malpractice insurance for doctors. I think this covers dentists too. If so all doctors should be required to do community service at least 1 day a month.
That is certainly a good observation.

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