Gentle Dental

Via Crooks & Liars, a pointer to WaPo article on a boy who died for lack of dental care.

Now, in defense of the US private medical system– the medical system did not kill that child. It merely failed to care enough about keeping him alive. And you know, it sucks. Kids die. We can’t save them all.

But given the choice between an $80 tooth extraction and a $250,000 intensive care stay for an abscess which has spread to the brain, which will you pick?

I mean, aside from “leave him in the street to die more cheaply.” We may be talking about a poor black kid in the DC suburbs, but it’s not like it’s New Orleans, where the medical system can get away with euthanizing the uninsured and using their bodies as a substitute for sandbags to hold up the levies.

I’m kidding, I’m kidding. There’s no medical system in New Orleans.

2 thoughts on “Gentle Dental”

  1. As a dentist, I have never understood how the goverment does not cover extractions. That makes no sense at all. As a New Orleanian, I am offended by your remarks about my beloved city, even when said in irony. The suffering is real. We do not need added put downs in jest.


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