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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Creighton University School of Law

Friday, May 2, 2008

Affordable Dental Care

Matthew Yglesias writes at the about the problem receiving dental care in this country and some new proposals to promote dental cleanings that have come under fire from dental groups.  He states,

Inability to afford basic dental services is a large problem for many poorer Americans, so naturally when an entrepreneur comes along ready to offer basic dental services at a more affordable price dentists' trade organizations leap into the fray to get the operation shut down. It's proprietor, after all, isn't a dentist  . . .    The focus on America's horrible, horrible system of financing health care tends to obscure the fact that it's layered on top of a horrible, horrible system of delivering health care in which there are all kinds of restrictions on the supply of services that make basic care substantially more expensive than it ought to be.

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