Check this out: Obamacare pays for dental clinic for uninsured
Obamacare built a 6,000 sq. ft. clinic to house only 10 dental chairs in New Jersey (big surprise). And, they’re PROUD of it. That’s a CRAZY waste of space. Ten chairs?? Six thousand square feet?? A private office that size (would be a very large group practice) would likely have (by my estimation) at 15 – 20 chairs. If there are any dental office design experts reading this, feel free to correct me. I might even be low.
And, then they also proudly tell us they spent $3.4 million dollars to build this 10-chair clinic!! Holy shit! Did they line the walls with gold leaf? Who bid this contract?? Who got kick-backs?
Any dentist who has built an office (me included) will tell you that something is VERY amiss with the amount spent. It comes to $566 / sq. ft.!! Good gawd! Again, someone correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s at least DOUBLE what it costs the rest of us to build a VERY nice office.
“The ERs are overflowing!” Not.
From the article: <<The law is trying to put the brakes on the skyrocketing cost of health care in part by changing the habits of consumers who visit expensive hospital emergency departments for maladies that aren’t emergencies.>>
That statement would be funny if it wasn’t such a provably blatant lie.
The article is full of agenda-driven fallacies. It implies that ERs are rife with “uninsured” dental emergencies and other non-emergency medical issues. While I know that years ago, ERs were overwhelmed with head colds and broken pinky-toes, that seems to have changed. I live in a fairly metropolitan area. Today, the hospital ERs have roadside billboards advertising their services along with a real-time digital display of their current wait time in minutes (almost always single-digits). They are hurting for business! There are plenty of “urgent care” walk-in clinics around to take the non-emergency load off the ER departments.
A few months ago, I went to the ER for severe abdominal pain. My wait time: ZERO minutes. My individual experience means nothing. But, I submit the billboards are indicative of the current situation which contradicts the claims of this article and those with an agenda of a government takeover of healthcare.
From the article: <<“The dental need is so great,” said Marta Silverberg, chief executive officer of Monmouth Family Health Center, a health care organization that serves low-income residents and operates the dental clinic. It has about 13,000 visits a year.>>
Golly… 13,000 visits per year sounds like a lot to the typical layperson. But, divide that over 250 work days per year (allowing for 2 weeks vacation) and 10 chairs, it comes to 5.2 patients per chair per day. That’s a pretty slow day for any dentist. So, taxpayers are footing the bill for a very expensive office full of very expensive employees doing very little.
From the article: <<In New Jersey, 32,000 patients a year go to hospital emergency departments for dental problems not caused by trauma, something which costs taxpayers and insurance policyholders $8.5 million, a Rutgers report found.>>
Hmmm…. On the surface, that sounds crazy, eh? But, it comes to $266 per visit. That’s actually not bad. I’d bet the cost per patient visit at the new Obamacare dental clinic will be higher than that. A lot higher.
“Free” dental treatment! Hooray!
So, our benevolent leaders are using taxpayer money to provide some VERY expensive treatment to these “non-insured” and “under-served” patients. I submit it would be a more cost-efficient use of tax revenue to give vouchers to these patients that could be used to pay private care dentists (like myself) their FULL FEE for their care. It would cost LESS. And, it would be, no doubt, higher quality care.
The more “free” something reportedly is, the more expensive it really is, especially if the government is involved.
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