By Patrick Cooney, The Federal Group, Inc.
Legislative Representative, Dental Trade Alliance
On December 5, Health Affairs, a publication dedicated to analysis on health policy and issues affecting health and healthcare, released its December issue which explored the state of oral health. Editor-in-chief Alan Weil wrote that, “the divide between dental care and medical care is vast, has significant consequences for patients, and is entirely of our own making.”
The publication featured more than 15 articles on an array of topics including the cost, use, and access to oral health, oral healthcare in Medicare and Medicaid, and the oral healthcare workforce. On December 7, Health Affairs hosted a briefing in Washington, D.C., where article authors explained their findings relating to seniors' dental care, a dental-medical divide, cost barriers to dental care and many other topics.
You can read the issue here.
This article was prepared by Patrick Cooney in his personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the view of the Dental Trade Alliance.