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  • How honest are dentists?

    To find out how reliable the American dental community is, one man visited 50 dentists and compared the proposals of all. Before embarking on his journey, he had his mouth checked by a panel of highly experienced and trusted dentists, who decided that he needed work on only one tooth urgently, and another if the dentists was particularly eager. Using that information, the writer found that, in general, dental estimates are far higher than actually necessary.
  • Menial Labor: North of the Border, Doctors and Lawyers Are Picking Broccoli

    The Journal reports that "Mexico churns out degrees, but not enough jobs." The story reveals that college education is so prestigious in Mexico that "even the unemployed carry business cards proclaiming themselves licenciados." Eventually, many Mexican dentists, lawyers and architects end up working in the fields of the U.S.
  • Crowning Glory?

    Dateline reports on Medicaid abuses among Texas dentists. In 1999, Texas dentists put more stainless steel crowns on poor children in the Medicaid program than all the children in the Medicaid programs in New York, Florida, California, Illinois, and Pennsylvania combined. Some dental work was being done without the consent of parents. The investigation used FOI requests for the Medicaid billing database to complete its analysis.
  • Doctors in Debt

    Dallas Business Journal examines the federal government's "troubled efforts to collect on $168.8 million in student loans remaining from the defunct Health Education Assistance Loans (HEAL) program. About 1,700 chiropractors, dentists and other former medical students have found their starting salaries too low to repay their student debts, the story reveals. The Journal's analysis of the government data about the debtors shows "discrepancies in payment records, departures from agency rules and confusion among those running the system." The defaulted doctors' debts could cost some of them their licenses, Patrick reports.
  • Getting the Brush-Off

    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.'
  • A Practice of Betrayal

    WLWT-TV finds that "state dental boards across the country are designed to discipline dentists and alert consumers. But the power of these boards varies greatly from state to state. Some don't have emergency suspension powers. Others have a shortage of funds. The result is that many dentists, some of whom are accused of sexually assaulting patients, are continuing to work for years before a hearing is held."
  • The Dental Divide

    Series examined the struggle poor kids and certain other groups have in getting dental care in Alabama. We found that the state has an overall shortage of dentists, and that fewer than 100 Alabama dentists (out of 1,800) see may poor kids covered by Medicaid."
  • Dentists pay for errors, but state pays little heed

    This article examines New Jersey's dentists who have made repeated malpractice payments and are not disciplined by the New Jersey Board of Dentistry. The report finds that more than 90 percent of the $40.2 million the New Jersey dentists paid out since 1990 came from dentists who were not disciplined by the board.
  • Texas Medicaid

    A Chronicle investigation found that "some Medicaid providers in Texas abuse the system... by filing claims for expensive, unnecessary and sometimes dangerous procedures. Much of this abuse is possible because of poor oversight by the state and private contractors that administer Medicaid claims and payments."
  • Franchises eating up SBA loans

    "A surge in loans backed by the Small Business Administration has given the federal government a growing stake in the proliferation of New Jersey's fast-food outlets....(the fast food sector), comprised largely of franchises, is the SBA's largest customer, consuming about $1 of every $6 loaned under the SBA's popular 7(a) program in New Jersey, or 143.8 million from 1993 through fiscal 1998..But dentists take a healthy bite too...Dentists often meet the agency's criteria as small-business owners who need capital to establish themselves or buy equipment..."