Do Corporate Dental Chains Screw Indigent Patients?

Corporate dental chains see big profits in adults who can’t afford care…………….

Surviving on a meager $1,300 a month, 87-year-old Theresa Ferritto fretted about the cost when her dentist told her she needed two teeth pulled.

She figured an oral surgeon would be too expensive. So she decided to try out a dental chain that promoted steep discounts in its advertisements. She went to an Aspen Dental office just outside Cleveland.

Ferritto said Aspen Dental wouldn’t just pull the teeth but insisted on a complete exam. She was bewildered when they finally handed her a treatment plan four pages long. Total price: $7,835.

Ferritto could not afford it, but Aspen Dental signed he

www.publicintegrity.org/2012/06/26/9186/corporate-dental-chains-see-big-profits-adults-who-cant-afford-care

 

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