The Medicaid program we have only covers complete panoramic x-rays every three years, but for some reason our pediatric dentist is insisting on them every year. I don’t have that kind of money. Is it truly necessary? I don’t want to not take care of my child, but it will mean eating nothing but potatoes for a couple of weeks to afford it.
You sound like a dedicated mother. I’m sorry you’re being pressured in such a way you’re worried how you’ll feed your family. Have you spoken to your pediatric dentist about the financial situation? If you did and he still insisted, it’s for one of two reasons.
1. He’s a jerk who lacks compassion. Many Medicaid Dentists are compassionate. Dentists don’t make nearly as much money as they normally would (or even should) when they treat Medicaid patients. Because of that, you’d think these were men and women who truly care as they’re more interested in helping people than making money. Not that there’s anything wrong with making money, as I’m sure you’d agree. But, there are bad apples in every bunch. He could be a dentist who tries to milk money out of patients in other ways to make up for his lost profits. If this is the dentist you’ve been stuck with— switch dentists. There are other dentists who accept Medicaid.
2. Your sweet child has something going on with his teeth that needs to be watched carefully. If he tells you it’s to watch developing cavities, he’s lying. These x-rays don’t show enough detail for that. However, they are used to look out for or keep an eye on already developed bone abnormalities, fractures, cysts, impacted teeth, infections, and tumors. If your son currently has anything like this then he does need to have them every year. I am sorry if that’s the case, but all is not hopeless.
Paying for Procedures Medicaid Won’t Cover
Many compassionate dentists also strive to find affordable options when things aren’t covered by a patient’s insurance. Some have in-house plans. For instance, Dr. Davis has a discount club for those who don’t qualify for Medicaid.
Others, who don’t have in-house plans, will use Care Credit. It’s a sort of medical credit card that has low and even no interest payment plans depending on your credit.
Dr. Davis does both.
The key is honest communication. If the business office won’t work with you, talk directly to the dentist. The business office is designed to collect the money so the dentist can stay in business. But, sometimes people need a little bit of help and patience.
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