The Real Reason People Ditch The Dentist

December 9, 2016

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The widely accepted excuse for not visiting the dentist is fear of shots and the high-pitch shrill of a drill but costs are the number one reason we avoid the dentist.  Cost is more than three times more likely than fear to be the reason people skip the dentist. As insurance goes, 40% of dental care costs were paid out of pocket, compared to just 11% of total health care costs, which is why health care workers are raising concerns as roughly 13% of working adults do not see a dentist. Anything beyond checkups, like getting a cavity filled or a root canal and a crown, you're looking right away at 20% to 50% coinsurance, which means people are paying upwards of $600 per filling, root canals u to $1,200 and $1,400 per crown.  A new study published for the US Department of Health and Human Services says it may be time for dental insurance to move away from a "pay per procedure" model.  Although there is no consensus on what that next step should be but dental experts and insurance companies are working on addressing the problem.

SOURCE: US Department of Health and Human Services

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