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Poor Kids Without Dental Insurance Can Suffer Deadly Consequences @ ABC News

From the article:
For the poorest children who are on Medicaid, dental care can be difficult to find.

Deamonte Driver was a typical 12-year-old boy. He died from tooth decay.
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helen99
May. 3rd, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
That's awful. Kids are probably more much more susceptible to something like this because they're smaller, but adults can become ill from tooth decay also. Our permaculture teacher put off going to the dentist until she had a rather badly infected tooth. He pulled the tooth and gave her antibiotics for the infection, but the night we stayed over at Heathcote, she was still pretty sick (threw up). She was ok the following day, thank goodness. I never knew anyone to die from a brain infection because of an abscessed tooth before. That's just terrible.

aekiy
May. 3rd, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
ya.. certainly it is a problem with people of all ages. It's just so ridiculous that doctors will refuse patients and let people die rather than accept Medicaid. Medicaid programs are 100% pointless if people refuse to accept it.

The eye doctors in New Jersey wouldn't accept Medicaid, which prevented me from getting a more thorough test to see if I have a condition which could cause me to go blind. I still have no idea if this will become a problem for me.
kitten_goddess
May. 3rd, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
That should be enough to make even the most die-hard libertarian in favor of national health care. I am a member of the Libertarian party, but some things should be beyond the reach of capitalism.
actingbunny
May. 3rd, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
i'm not even going to get started on this:
i blame parents because something like an absess you can SMELL thank you and the child would have been in constant pain.
There SEVERAL places that they could have taken him WITH NO CHARGE!!!!!!!

that is all.
rialian
May. 4th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
===Well, in pain until the nerve died....and they might not have had the resources to even know where they could go for free...and who knows if anyone told them?

===(Speaking as someone that worked in PG County for about 8 years.)

===Even if they did know, how many children did she have with her, without daycare....and how long would they have been able to wait? Takes money to get aroudn that area, as well.

===I am not willing to place this completely on the parent. Believe me, the system is seriously damaged, muchly because the funds for providing proper services have been severly cut over the years. Before folks start saying that the parent should have done more...look at your schedule, throw in some children, and tell me how you could get things done without daycare, or schools (which of course you have to prove residence for of at least a month.)

==="They should not have kids" is not an argument, either. 20-20 hindsight is nice....but not worhtwhile when dealing with social issues.

===Sorry...peeve of mine. Social systems are supposed to have support systems in place to help act as a bit of a saftey net for when folks are stupid. What is the point in paying taxes if a significant portion is not being used to make a good saftey net?
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