By: Earnest Jones | 05-15-2017 | News
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Impact On Dental Healthcare and America's Addiction To Opioids

The gap between the haves and have-nots is wide. The cost of accessing healthcare is also at an alarming rate. Wicomico Civic Center was hosting Disney on Ice. Dentists arriving from five states were getting ready to fix the teeth of the first 1,000 people in line.

Dental care is not accessible to many Americans. The majority cannot afford the high cost. Millions of people rely on charity clinics and hospital emergency rooms to treat painful and neglected teeth. Since they are unable to afford expensive root canals and crowns, many simply have them pulled.

Americans who voted for Barack Obama in 2008, thought he offered the best option for working people. However, President Trump addressed the issue of the forgotten men and women of the U.S. Trump assured the American citizens that he would build a beautiful health-care system to serve every American, a system that would cost less and do more.

The hospitals in the rural areas use ER, which is generally not equipped to fix dental problems. The ER doctors just medicate people with a perpetual cycle of antibiotics and opioids. As a result, the cycle is feeding a nationwide epidemic of opioid addiction

The Washington region has one of the greatest concentrations of dentists in the world, with many offering high-end services in offices that resemble luxury spas. More than 50 million Americans, by contrast, live in areas officially designated by the federal government as Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas.

First, new dentists often start out with significant debt, and they gravitate toward wealthy areas where they have a better shot at making money. The typical graduate from a four-year, post-collegiate dental school owes $260,000 — more than the average medical student.

The solo practices, come at a pricey overhead which constitutes of equipment, office space, a receptionist that accounts for much of a patient’s bill. The century-old model of the solo practice has resisted change.

Medicare, the federal health program that covers 55 million seniors and disabled people, does not cover dental problems. For that, people must buy dental insurance, which typically limits annual benefits to about $1,500 per person.

In some states, Medicaid offers no dental coverage for adults. Delaware, where Matello lives, is one of them. Which is why, on a damp Friday morning, she found herself lining up with hundreds of other people with aching teeth.

A report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse showed that the abuse of and addiction to opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers is a serious global problem that affects the health, social, and economic welfare of all societies

Estimates indicate that between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012 and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin.

The report emphasizes on the consequences of the abuse, which has been devastating and is on the rise.

Considering the problem of prescription opioid and heroin abuse, it's important to confront the negative and growing impact of opioid abuse on health and mortality, and also to maintain the important role played by prescription opioid pain relievers.

The GOP leaders underwent a challenging period as they struggled for months to win enough support for the bill in their caucus.The bill is bound to face a potentially harder road to winning passage in the Senate. The initial version of the bill was expected to lead 24 million more people to become uninsured.

The House voted to repeal the key parts of the Affordable Care Act and replace them with new provisions. The vote sends the Republican-sponsored bill to gut Obamacare to the Senate for consideration.


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