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Dental Fees and Ethics

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Posted by: timbob  (8 years ago)
My wife & I are on Social Security now, and when I retired I decided to "self insure"....e.g., I have no dental insurance.

But now my dentist is quoting fees for services which are 70% higher than the fees for identical services that she charged when I was working & insured.

This strikes me as unethical and I'd like to know if there is any way around this. Are there dentists out there who do not "gig" the uninsured and retirees? Any help would be appreciated.
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Posted by: allensmith  (8 years ago)
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Posted by: timbob  (8 years ago)
This is just another example of the twisted and immoral health delivery system which the insurance companies have created in this country.

American Dental Association ethics standards include:

"Section 4 PRINCIPLE: JUSTICE (“fairness”). The dentist has a duty to treat people fairly."

Perhaps the ADA should amend this by adding "...treat people fairly...unless exorbitant profits from the uninsured are available by not doing so"
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Hello Timbob!

This site is not from the ADA, it is from dentists, for patients an colleges!

Have a great day!
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Posted 8 years ago
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Posted by: FredRavezUK  (8 years ago)
Hi,
I always recommend everyone that not just select directly one dentist and go to it. First consult your relatives some friends take 3 options or two go to them and then select one dentist for your treatment.

Regards,
Fred
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My wife & I are on Social Security now, and when I retired I decided to "self insure"....e.g., I have no dental insurance.

But now my dentist is quoting fees for services which are 70% higher than the fees for identical services that she charged when I was working & insured.

This strikes me as unethical and I'd like to know if there is any way around this. Are there dentists out there who do not "gig" the uninsured and retirees? Any help would be appreciated.


Did you know that most states' dental law prohibits dentists from charging more to insured patients (despite all the paperwork hassle they bring) but make it perfectly legal to charge uninsured patients more than insured ones? Guess who lobbied for those laws? (Hint- a big corporate lobby.)

My advice- Find a dentist like me who APPRECIATES uninsured patients in his practice and gives them the red carpet treatment.
Posted 8 years ago
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