Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Dental Problem

Remember the one with the tooth problem, which I wrote about a couple months ago. She has to pay with medical coupons. The clinic wouldn’t pull the infected tooth because it wasn’t an emergency. When it becomes infected it can’t be pulled until the infection has been eliminated. It was decided that only an oral surgeon can pull the tooth, but oral surgeons in this town will not accept the medical coupons because they will not began to cover the actual expense of the surgery. I think that is the reason.
So she has returned to hospital about four times as an emergency because the mouth was so infected. Received stronger antibiotics and it would tame it down for awhile and when it came back it would require another trip to emergency. Finally it became so infected she had to be hospitalized for five days. Oral surgeons pulled the tooth and now she is home recovering. Think how much that cost the Taxpayers in the State of Washington. If they had pulled it the first time she went to emergency it would have cost about a 10th of what it ended up costing. Not to mention the pain and suffering they could have saved.

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