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  •  so, Mitt: in 2010, the Dept of Applied Econ (5+ / 0-)
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    akmk, LuvSet, diggerspop, fumie, schnecke21

    of the U of MN examined the "cost effectiveness" of people going to the ER for acute dental problems. These are folks who couldn't afford to see an actual dentist. The ER was never able to help much (they're not equipped to fill or pull teeth), so the most they could ever do was give the patient a painkiller and/or antibiotic and tell them to go see a dentist. Which of course they couldn't do, because they couldn't afford it. So the problems never get solved, they intensify, and the patient ends up at the ER over and over and over.

    This method of "care" cost Minnesota $5 million that year.

    A school in Minnesota, Metropolitan State U, recently started a program to teach dental hygenists to fill teeth and to do extractions, with the goal of serving the under-served (and worked to get a law passed, which allows them to do so).

    They just opened a clinic in Maplewood, MN, for folks who can't afford dental treatments. I know the Director of the program, and she has told me stories that curl my hair. People come in with all of their front teeth rotted to stubs. One woman said she really smiles now, for the first time in years, because before getting her teeth fixed, she was too ashamed.

    Mitt should be ashamed, but I'll bet he's not.

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