More Floridians are taking their toothaches to the ER
More Floridians who go without routine dental care are resorting to hospital emergency rooms when the pain of tooth decay or infection becomes too terrible to bear, costing taxpayers and hospitals nearly $90 million last year. In Southwest Florida, the cost of ER dental care amounted to more than $3.2 million in 2010. Health experts said too few dentists accept Medicaid patients in Florida, where reimbursement rates are among the lowest in the nation.
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