Dentists Sidestep Emergency Dental Care of Medicaid Kids

Dentists Sidestep Emergency Dental Care of Medicaid Kids

A Penn study using undercover 'Medicaid mothers' seeking emergency-care dental appointments for a 10-year-old son found that 32 percent of Medicaid-enrolled dentists wouldn't schedule an appointment. Just published in the journal Pediatrics, the study also used the same tactic on non-Medicaid dentists and found that 93 percent of those wouldn't schedule emergency care appointments for Medicaid-insured children. The senior researcher on the project was Karin V. Rhodes, MD, Director of Emergency Care Policy Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Penn School of Medicine.