Minnesota Monthly investigates "the shortage of dentists in Minnesota, particularly outside the metro area. Health officials say this is a result of many factors. 'One is the competition for dental care. There's more people needing dental care than we have dentists available to provide service. The second is we have competition between what people can and will pay for dental care and that drives who's going to get priority for appointments.' And with that comes the problem of many Minnesotans not receiving dental care at all. Mostly because of insurance policies like MinnesotaCare, a state medical and dental plan for low-income families. 'With MinnesotaCare . . . people are essentially buying an insurance policy without providers. And while there are compassionate dentists serving the low-income population, they don't necessarily want word to get out.'
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