NW Health Foundation Study Shows Uninsured 8X as Likely to Use ERs for Dental Problems

Medicaid recipients were also four times as likely as the privately insured to go to the ER when they needed a dentist, but newly expanded coverage should help reduce these visits, which are not only expensive but often don’t provide the care patients need.

A new report from the Oral Health Funders Collaborative, including the Northwest Health Foundation, drilled down on a key driver of emergency department visits -- lack of access to a good dentist. The analysis found people without health insurance were eight times more likely than people with private insurance to head for the emergency room for a toothache or other dental ailment.

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