.by Anura Guruge
The $46 for my 2.5 minute, totally unnecessary, unsolicited ‘consultation’ by my dentist to tell me that ‘all was fine, “A-OK”, but he would really like me to get a $120 X-Ray‘, on Wednesday got me thinking.
I notice teeth. Drives Deanna nuts. I doubt whether I will ever find the time in my limited lifetime to get to it but I am sure it is a cultural thing. I am totally oblivious to the color of eyes and hair color — unless they happen to be blondes, and I do get accused of having a thing about blondes though I am not sure if that is true. I finally worked out, having incurred abuse from so many for decades along the lines ‘you didn’t notice the color of their eyes or their hair … what is wrong with you?‘ that it is a cultural thing to do with where you were born. If you were born into a society where 99% of the people have black eyes and black hair, you don’t bother to use eye color or hair color as a differentiator. That is my theory and I am sure I onto something here. But, I notice teeth. And yes, I will confess, I am also fussy about teeth. Bad teeth puts me on the ‘defensive’. So, of course, I notice all the folks in NH with ‘poor’ teeth. And I feel bad.
But, it was only today that I went looking for some facts. Medicare does not cover basic dental care! And folks think that the U.S. has good healthcare. Carry on with those wet dreams. If you don’t have dental insurance going to a dentist is an expensive undertaking. My visit on Wednesday, and I needed nothing other than a 49 minute cleaning, came to $126. That is more than half a weeks gross pay if you are on minimum wage. This is not right — and yes, I know that Medicaid, if you qualify, does cover some, if not all, dental care.
Read this from PBS and just think …