California Healthline: More Calif. Adults Seek Dental Care at Hospital Emergency Departments
More Californians in recent years have sought dental care at emergency departments because of cuts to Medi-Cal dental benefits or the loss of private dental insurance, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program.
According to data from San Francisco General Hospital, the number of ED visits by patients with dental complaints was:
- 365 in 2008-2009;
- 453 in 2009-2010; and
- 651 in 2011-2012
Data from Highland Hospital in Oakland show that the number of ED patients seeking dental care was:
- 577 in 2007; and
- 2,718 in 2011.
Read the full article at californiahealthline.org