When the news broke of the coronavirus pandemic, some parents were outraged and worried about the future of their children.
They worried that the doctors in their state were being targeted.
Dentists were one of the groups that received the highest number of health care claims.
The state’s insurance companies had a tough time keeping up with the demands of the medical community, which was also being hit hard.
For some dental specialists, that meant a higher rate of care.
Jacksonville’s Dr. Jeffrey Johnson has seen the damage dental care can do to families.
He believes that’s why he started a website to collect medical bills.
“If it costs $20,000 to do a tooth extraction, we’re going to have to pay $20 million to do it,” he said.
He said the problem is not just dental, but also mental health.
Johnson said the most common diagnosis for the high number of claims is depression.
Some dentists who work in the state have seen more than $400,000 worth of claims.
He said it can be difficult to make a dent and he often has to get it done when it’s not necessary.
We have to have a lot of patients that need it,” Johnson said.
Johnson said many dentists are reluctant to share their personal data.
The Dentist Data Alliance (DDA) is working with dentists and hospitals to improve their privacy practices.
I think it’s a really important thing for the community to know what’s going on,” Smith said.
Smith said the dental industry needs to improve the privacy of their practices and improve the transparency of their business practices.
The DDA will continue to work with dentistry and other medical professionals to keep dental care in the community safe and available to all.
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