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Dentistry has evolved apart from the rest of health care. The separation is not just in care delivery, financing and education; it is so systemic that the health services research community rarely investigates dental care issues, and many health professions’ leadership programs omit dental care providers. There are important historical reasons for this separation, but in today’s health care landscape the split is increasingly detrimental for the health and well-being of patients.
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Author: Elizabeth Mertz, Sonia Rab Alam, Cynthia Wides
In July 2009, California eliminated funding for most adult non-emergency Medicaid dental benefits (Denti-Cal). This paper presents the findings from a qualitative assessment of the impacts of the Denti-Cal cuts on California's oral health safety-net.