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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unknown

Dewittville, NY

#30 Jul 9, 2008
it is even hard to find a dentist that accepts our dental insurance through my husband's employer. Seems like the more you pay for medical and dental insurance they keep taking more and more in premiums and pay less and less in benefits.
unknown

Dewittville, NY

#31 Jul 9, 2008
and no we don't have medicaid. They ought to have clinics where you can get dental work done on your income.
Hitman

Waterford, PA

#32 Jul 9, 2008
I think there needs to be more gov't money put into the dental and medical clinics that used to exist in the 3 neighborhood centers before Community Health Net left them all hangin' with their bankruptcy in 2004. The main reason that C.H. Net is a Federally Qualified Health Clinic was because they had a presence in low income neighborhoods. After their bankruptcy, they pulled out of the centers and thus, the low income areas. Their F.Q.H.C. status should have been revoked!
Blame yourself

Hudson, WI

#33 Jul 20, 2008
Medicaid dentists should quit! You only get paid at most 25 cents on the dollar, up to 50% of the patients dont show up to their appointments. You have a higher amount of frivilous lawsuits from medicaid patients and you face felonies for making a single paper billing error even if it was done by a staff member.....If you want medicaid dentists so bad go to school yourself it only takes 8 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars for tuition. Then and only then tell me that dentists should take medicaid and medicare! If you smoke..quit and pay for your dental bills....if you drink pop...quit and you wont have dental problems...how about walking or riding a bike instead of driving you SUV....and finally how about this.....FLOSS!!!!!
You are not entitled to dental care! You caused your own dental problems and now you want dentists to do it for free.?
MrsF

Ashtabula, OH

#34 Jul 23, 2008
RTP wrote:
<quoted text>
You want Dentists to work for free for people too lazy to work?
well what about people who do work but dont have any benefits offered to them at their jobs? if they meet income requirements they are placed on medicaid , at least the children are...or if you have a pre-existing condition, or something major happens..dont be so quick to judge people and you should probably get your information straight before you run your mouth...you also have to be working or have a major medical condition to be eligible for medicaid at all...
MrsF

Ashtabula, OH

#35 Jul 23, 2008
Blame yourself wrote:
Medicaid dentists should quit! You only get paid at most 25 cents on the dollar, up to 50% of the patients dont show up to their appointments. You have a higher amount of frivilous lawsuits from medicaid patients and you face felonies for making a single paper billing error even if it was done by a staff member.....If you want medicaid dentists so bad go to school yourself it only takes 8 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars for tuition. Then and only then tell me that dentists should take medicaid and medicare! If you smoke..quit and pay for your dental bills....if you drink pop...quit and you wont have dental problems...how about walking or riding a bike instead of driving you SUV....and finally how about this.....FLOSS!!!!!
You are not entitled to dental care! You caused your own dental problems and now you want dentists to do it for free.?
wow you get the moron award..people on medicaid cant afford to shell out money for dental school and certainly not 8 years of it...my family doesnt smoke, we rarely drink pop because of the cost of it, lets say me, my husband or my children are riding our bikes instead of driving or even walking and we fall and break a tooth then do we qualify in your twisted way of thinking? Again neither of us have benefits at our jobs but we both have to work to make ends meet. I have no problem at all being insured by the medicaid program as long as i know we are getting the care we need when we need it and this program is out there to help people like us..why wouldnt we use it?

FYI only my children have dental insurance my hubby and i pay for what we need done. But we do have medical insurance from the medicaid program...so in your logic it would be our fault that we got sick or injured or need medical care too? give me a break
Obama bin Sambo

Anonymous Proxy

#36 Jul 24, 2008
Clearly, the solution is to create subsididies for Dental School tuition assistance. And if the Dental STudent signs a paper to go into Medicade/Medicair dentist office, then their tuition is waved.

Furthermore, the Dental School Standards should be lowered or at leased eased for minority students whom sign the same paper, so that the minority community (people of color) can have the same access to the same quality affordable dental care as the rest of the normal people do.

If we join together in this initiative, we can truly make a difference in so many lives for the working poor, the elderly, the children and all the others who so rich deserve it.
fox82

Ashtabula, OH

#37 Jul 24, 2008
Obama bin Sambo wrote:
Clearly, the solution is to create subsididies for Dental School tuition assistance. And if the Dental STudent signs a paper to go into Medicade/Medicair dentist office, then their tuition is waved.
Furthermore, the Dental School Standards should be lowered or at leased eased for minority students whom sign the same paper, so that the minority community (people of color) can have the same access to the same quality affordable dental care as the rest of the normal people do.
If we join together in this initiative, we can truly make a difference in so many lives for the working poor, the elderly, the children and all the others who so rich deserve it.
WAIT!!!! Lower the standards for minority, are you suggesting that minorities are not capable of doing the same level of work as non minorities? You might be okay with having someone with lower standards working on you or your family but I would not. How about educating the minorities. It makes me ill to hear people like you say let's lower the standards, if they can't do the work maybe they should study more. There are standards for a reason and if one cannot meet them, then they should seek employment in another field.
PMW

Warren, OH

#38 Jul 24, 2008
fox82 wrote:
<quoted text> There are standards for a reason and if one cannot meet them, then they should seek employment in another field.
They become teachers.
fox82

Ashtabula, OH

#39 Jul 24, 2008
PMW wrote:
<quoted text>
They become teachers.
lol
yea our schools here are far from the best, only a few good teachers. But seriously, Lower our standards? What a joke, let's lower our standards by giving the kids the answers to the test so they can pass, sounds like what our schools do to pass the PSSAs, Good land no wonder this country is in trouble, too much laziness, too many handouts.
Obama bin-elSambo

France

#40 Jul 25, 2008
fox82 wrote:
<quoted text>There are standards for a reason and if one cannot meet them, then they should seek employment in another field.
See, now that right there is a very racist comment. You people don't even know your being racist when you say "educate the minorities."

We ARE educated, just i'm saying if the standards are impossibly high (not to mention the tuition bills!) for an average normal minority man or woman, then those standards need to be lowered. It's not a matter of "can't do the work" it's a matter of fairness and equal opportunity under tha law!

Or would you rather see children of color go to bed at night with their teeth rotting out of their heads because Mr. Rich White Dentist refuses to even treat them just because they can't pay his excessive fees??

THAT is the very definition of racism, my friend. Peace be unto you.
Rev Wilson

North Versailles, PA

#41 Jul 25, 2008
I think we ought just give everyone in the projects free health care and be done with it. Then they can go to whatever dentist they want. The "rich white dentist" can't turn them away if they have government insurance! It's really a very simple solution.
fox82

Ashtabula, OH

#42 Jul 25, 2008
Obama bin-elSambo wrote:
<quoted text>
See, now that right there is a very racist comment. You people don't even know your being racist when you say "educate the minorities."
We ARE educated, just i'm saying if the standards are impossibly high (not to mention the tuition bills!) for an average normal minority man or woman, then those standards need to be lowered. It's not a matter of "can't do the work" it's a matter of fairness and equal opportunity under tha law!
Or would you rather see children of color go to bed at night with their teeth rotting out of their heads because Mr. Rich White Dentist refuses to even treat them just because they can't pay his excessive fees??
THAT is the very definition of racism, my friend. Peace be unto you.
You don't get it, EVERYONE is struggling to pay for the high cost of tution, but that does not mean we should lower our standards. Paying for tution is one subject, lowering standards are another. I think it is RACIST to say the minorities can't do the work because the standards are TOO high. Like they don't have the compacity to learn as others do. That's crap!!!! I work with many minorities who are professionals, very good at what they do. No one had to lower the standards for them! and they are successful. I'm a female in a male dominated field, no one lower the standards for me. It was touch but knowing I did like anyone else is worth more than anything else. I did this while caring for two small children, no child support, I worked and went to school. The standards are for EVERYONE, not just a few.
mr alan

United States

#43 Jul 25, 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.
wow you are soo smart! you seem to know everything about everyone. but listen here. we dont ALL have rotten teeth and cancel appointments. i bet my teeth are in better condition than yours, if you have any, and i Never cancel appts. who are you to judge?
y0homba

Titusville, PA

#44 Sep 16, 2008
@ RTP. I work two jobs, my wife works about 60 hours a week. We have 3 children and none of the jobs we have in our area provide insurance. I own my home, no payments, I have paid off both my cars. You know what fella? The insurance provided for children by the State of PA is not just for "People too lazy to work". It is for those of us who are working our tails off yet cannot get affordable dental insurance for our children. why don't you jump off your high horse for a few seconds and stop being the type of aggressive jerk that has made this situation what it is.

I personally think we should be allowed to sue for discrimination. We have insurance through the state, but cannot use it due to profit margins and slow government red tape. I think the dentists be fined for refusing treatment.
Elizabeth

Tyler, TX

#45 Sep 24, 2008
y0homba: here's an idea, instead of suing a dentist who apparently has worked harder than you have either in school or on his/her career, why don't you find some insurance that you can pay for instead of sucking off the taxpayers?
why should everyone else have to PAY for YOUR children to have coverage? we didn't tell you to have kids, or to have jobs that don't provide coverage. it is really your problem, yet we have to pay for it. and you want to REQUIRE dentists who made smarter choices than you have to work on your children for a fraction of what they could make working on other kids? that is a load of bull.
what you have is not insurance, it is basically WELFARE for people who make choices as sorry as yours. you might work 60 hours a week, but it doesn't do much good if you have 3 kids to support. again, YOUR bad choices. I mean if you have no house payment and no car payment then why are the rest of us paying for your mistakes?!
p.s. not choosing to work for LOWER PAY is not discrimination. clearly you should've gotten more education. but I'm sure you would love to sue, anything to get more money off of someone else who earned it.
dbrr27

Eatontown, NJ

#46 Sep 24, 2008
this has nothing to do with compassion.......you could be the most compassionate person but everything has a limit.......i wonder why people are not mad at the horrible medicaid offices and customer service representatives who always find an excuse no to pay the correct amount to the dentist......I mean its bad enough that the fees are ridiculously low but also I have to be on the phone for hours trying to collect payment??? do you think that is fair to the dentist?? one time we got a check for 20 cents??? 20 cents?? it costed more for them to mail that check to us.....i mean if you have to be mad a somebody be mad at your govement officials who are making thousand of dollars a year and still can't come up with a compromising way of helping the community and at the same time take care of the physician who is helping you.....im all for helpig the community but until the govenment find a way to fairly reinburst the dentists its only going to get more difficult to find a medicaid dentist...... if you do your research the overhead for a dentist is one of the highest there is....... if anyone needs to be ashames i say "shame on you medicaid" for not being able to come up with a better way to help the community+
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unknown

Dewittville, NY

#48 Sep 24, 2008
Well the way of the world is now that you don't get the benefits working that you did years ago. Most people pay a big chunk of their pay checks to dental and health insurance, while our politians get full benefits for a part time job and hundreds of thousand's of dollars a year, that the taxpayers pay. That isn't fair that we are footing the bill for them and their families, they are just in it for the money and not do anything to change anything.
Wyatt

Dysart, PA

#49 Sep 25, 2008
MrsF wrote:
<quoted text>
well what about people who do work but dont have any benefits offered to them at their jobs? if they meet income requirements they are placed on medicaid , at least the children are...or if you have a pre-existing condition, or something major happens..dont be so quick to judge people and you should probably get your information straight before you run your mouth...you also have to be working or have a major medical condition to be eligible for medicaid at all...
Yeah, what about them??????

This isn't Canada!! We don't have free health insurance!!!
Mrs D only medicaid

Omaha, NE

#51 Mar 16, 2009
wow... moron.... you called him/her a moron...
obviously you have no idea what dentists that have to deal with medicaid patients deals with. They get free dental care and they dont show up to a friggen appt because they are too lazy to get their butts up and go to the dentists. They dont even have the decency to call and say they are not coming. They just dont show up and waste the dentists time. My husband is taking care of these people because many dentists dont want to get only 25 cents or 50 cents to the dollar for all the material and work they do on these patients. He makes no money, but they dont know that. They think they are entitled for God only knows what reason to these benefits. Please.. you dont even know the half of it.. Why dont you become a medical doctor or a dentist and only serve medicaid patients. You have no clue honey..

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