Why does my dental care have to be so expensive?
A dentist who had to cancel his annual fee because of the state’s budget cuts will soon be paying a fraction of what he used to in a bid to keep dentists happy.
In a state where dentists are struggling to stay in business, the cost of dental care is soaring, with many dentists unable to make ends meet.
The state has already cut dental care services, including dental hygienists, by nearly $700 million.
In some areas, dentists have been forced to close.
In Hamiltonville, the community of 1,400 is suffering financially, as dentists lose revenue due to the state budget cuts.
Dentists say they have to put up with lower prices because of their tight budgets.
The state is not offering subsidies to dentists to keep their businesses afloat, so they have had to close shop.
“It’s difficult for us to keep operating, and that’s something that we really don’t have the resources to do,” said Steve Lueck, president of the Hamiltonville Dental Association.
Dentist bills, meanwhile, have risen at a rate of more than 50 per cent a year.
The association is hoping the cuts in the budget will bring some relief.
“We’re going to try to stay afloat in the near future, but right now we are having to try and do it ourselves,” Luek said.
The state cut dental services in 2016.
According to the Hamilton County Office of Insurance, the average dental bill in the county was $2,895, which is nearly twice the state average of $1,766.
The average dental office in Hamilton County had about 725 employees at the end of June.
The association says that, as a result of the budget cuts, the dental profession in the state has seen a significant decline in patient satisfaction.
It says its members are facing a loss of $6.5 million in revenue due, in part, to the decrease in revenue that comes from dental care.
And dental professionals are concerned about how much they will be able to make if they cannot keep dentistry in the business.
“It means that we’re going out of business,” said Dr. David Bouchard.
Bouchard is a Hamilton County dentist.
He says dentists need to make the most of their time off, because dental bills are not just high, but have to pay for dental work that is no longer needed.
“The majority of our clients will say, ‘I just don’t want to have to go to the dentist every day,’ so they’re going into our office and just putting it away,” he said.
A dentist’s office is seen at the Dentistry Centre, which closed in February.
Hamilton County has been hit hard by the state cuts.
With the closure of the Dentition Centre, the dentists at the Centre for Dental Excellence lost a significant chunk of their income, as well as the ability to provide services like cleaning and dental equipment.
“We don’t really have the money to continue to do dental care, so we are going to be doing other things,” said Luech.
Another dentist who wants to keep his practice open said that the cuts have forced dentists who are struggling financially to put dentistry on hold.
“You just have to think about it for a second, because this is really bad for dentistry,” said the dentist.
“I just have so many dental plans that I’m just not going to have the time to do them.
And the dentistry is going to go down.”
In 2017, Hamilton County passed a resolution stating that dentists were no longer exempt from the state.
This means dentists now have to make dental bills more than $1 million in order to keep a dentistry.