Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Hospitals struggle with patients using emergency rooms - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock: [naturally fluoridated] LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Growing health care costs and stressed state budgets are now sending more people to the emergency room for dental care. This is leaving hospitals with a hefty bill and slowing down care for others.

Both University Medical Center and Covenant Hospital are seeing 30 people a week with everything from a toothache to a broken tooth. The problem? Hospitals don't have emergency dentists on staff.