Thursday, March 15, 2007

My Web Times

My Web Times:

"Of the 8,000 dentists regularly working in Illinois, only 2,000, or about 25 percent, are enrolled in Illinois' Medicaid program. And only 10 percent of those actively see patients each month, says Greg Johnson, director of professional services for the Illinois State Dental Society."

The problem of access can be even worse in southern Illinois, according to the Johnson. He said he's heard of patients who need a root canal being sent on Amtrak to Chicago and others needing orthodontic work being sent to St. Louis