Marcus Driver died of toothache this Sunday, he was just twelve.
Tooth extraction of $50 might have save him.
If the plan had been insured by his family member.
If his family had kept the Medicaid safely.
Medicaid dentist are so rare, that in need of emergency you cannot find.
If his mother had not been alert on getting a dentist for his brother who has five perished teeth.
By the time Marcus’s own aching tooth got the attention of dentist, the infection had already started spreading to his brain, finally resulted to his death. After 2 operations and more than six weeks of hospital care, the Prince George’s boy could be survived.
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Marcus’s death and the ultimate cost of his care, which could overall be $250,000, emphasizing an unnoticed concern in the debate more than widespread health coverage: dental care.
Some of the places could hardly find any dental coverage. Children are in more need of dental emergency, otherwise they had to travel three hours to find dentist willing to take Medicaid patients and accept the current paperwork. And some, including Marcus’s brother, get in for a tooth checkup but have problem securing a dental surgeon to fix deeper problems.
In spite of due reports in the last years , hardly one could get dental service in Maryland’s Medicaid Program in the year of 2005, the latest year for which figures are available from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
One can see the surcharge of reducing rate of treatment in the district 29.3% got dental treatment, and in Virginia, 24.3 % were treated, although all three jurisdictions say they have done a better job reaching children in the coming years.
So, hoping for the best that people like Marcus should not die of dental health, lawyers have taken initiative that this problem can be reined and hence keeping adequate resource to solve it.