Drilling for Dollars: Children's Dentistry Investigation

Number 23779
Subject Health Care
Source WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.)
State vA
Year 2007
Publication Date 11/05/2007; 11/06/2007; 11/07/2007; 11/08/2007; 11/09/2007; 11/10/2007; 11/11/2007; 11/12/2007; 11/13/2007; 11/14/2007; 11/15/2007; 11/16/2007; 11/17/2007; 11/18/2007; 11/19/2007; 11/20/2007
Summary After a five month investigation WJLA found that the leading chain of dental clinics, Small Smiles, for Medicaid children used assembly line treatment that rewarded profit over compassionate care. The parent company of Small Smiles "set daily production goals for its 63 clinics and gave enormous bonuses to the clinics that billed the most to Medicaid."
Category Contest Entry
Pages 36
Keywords dentist; Medicaid; Small Smiles; children; papoose boards; health; parenting; doctors; poverty; federal aid
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