Dental problems affect all of us. They don’t choose the people whom they will attack and this leaves both the financially stable and those who are not so well off susceptible to Dental problems. We all know that dental care can be very expensive especially if you are not subscribed to any medical insurance. Getting even basic dental care in most hospitals and facilities in the USA and other parts of the world will cost you a lot of money. So, what if someone can’t afford regular dental care and they need it urgently? Are there any resources allocated to them to help them receive the dental care? What happens when a homeless person wants dental care from a hospital without money?
Sometimes people who are on limited or no insurance at all come knocking at dentists’ offices looking for dental care even though they clearly have no means of paying for the services they are looking for. This is a very agonizing situation to be in for both the dentist and the patient because most of the time, the patients end up walking away only with a few painkillers. This might look or sound inhuman but having worked with dentists for more than 30 years, I can attest to the fact that dental services are costly and for hospitals to keep offering them, they need money. It is therefore very difficult for hospitals and dentists to offer free services to people who cannot afford them.
All hope is not lost though! For people that cannot regular dental care but still need to see a doctor, there are a number of ways through which you can get the help without having to part with a lot of money. Here are some of the available means through which you can get dental care even if you can’t afford it fully;
- Medicaid and Medicare
There are a number of underprivileged families in America who receive dental care through Medicare. Medicare is a federal and publicly funded universal health care system in the USA ran by the government that is meant to provide health insurance cover for people who are 65 years and older but also encompasses certain younger people with disabilities and underprivileged families. In the USA Medicare provides free dental treatment to children under the age of 18 if their families are eligible. In some rare cases though, some adults are allowed to use the Medicare insurance program for treatment of some dental problems. Some hospitals and dental facilities accept Medicare vouchers for dental care for adults while others are quite strict on the usage of the vouchers and demand that only under 18s use them. If you are in a fix, it is always important to visit a few local hospitals and see if you qualify for a voucher for dental care.
- Discounted dental care
Through Dental Society-Sponsored assistance programs, some dentists and hospitals offer discounted dental care services in communities. Such programs are meant to facilitate treatment to member of the society who cannot quite afford the services. This is normally done as a charity by the different state dentists’ associations and they have really helped a lot of people get the much needed dental care which they otherwise can’t afford. The problem with such programs is the fact that they occur periodically and may happen once or twice in a month. Some states are lucky enough to see frequent programs while others which have few dentists’ associations see very few of such programs. To find out about these low cost care locations and clinics, you should check your local phone book or look through the local dental society’s web page for more information on the discounted health care. Churches and some schools also offer regular check-ups and free treatment sessions in communities. These work in conjunction with volunteering dentists or interns to provide free medical care to the communities and this helps a lot of people who can’t afford regular dental care to get much needed treatment.
Here at Vita Dental Houston, we are committed to giving back to the society and have been participating in community projects for a long time. Our dentists are members of various Dentists’ Associations and through these associations, they have been giving back to the community through volunteering and free clinics.
Beyond that, we always ensure that we offer quality services at very affordable prices for the sake of the less privileged in the society. We also offer free consultation to all our members and will readily give you a discount to enable you access quality dental care. We care about the welfare of the people of Houston and ensure that we give them the best possible dental care at the best possible rates. Visit us today and we will advise appropriately.
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