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Kansas Dental Project to focus on state’s shortage of dentists

November 22, 2010


— Three Kansas nonprofit groups are teaming up to address what they see as the state's critical shortage of dentists.

The groups making up the Kansas Dental Project worry that dental care is out of reach for many Kansans. They are Kansas Action for Children, the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved and the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition.

One University of Kansas study has found that 15 of the state's 105 counties have no dentist. In another 82 counties, there were more than 1,500 patients for every dentist, the number a dentist can treat on average.

Also, the groups said, only 25 percent of the state's nearly 1,400 dentists participate in Medicaid, which covers health care for the poor and disabled.


Raymond Munoz 7 years, 7 months ago

It's wonderful that we have so many great dentists to choose from in Lawrence. People in other parts of the state aren't so lucky!

feetup 7 years, 7 months ago

I have tried, unsuccessfully to find denture care for the elderly at a resonable,(reduced) fee for this lady. Lives on fixed income and cannot afford to buy them outright.

been_there 7 years, 7 months ago

Would love to know of a dentist that will give someone with no dental insurance the same discounted rate they give the insurance companies.

DrRustinMcGillicuddy 7 years, 7 months ago

Perhaps the state should, I don't know, have a dental school? Not too many people can afford to pay out-of-state dental school expenses.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

I believe that Kansas has a reciprocal agreement with Missouri that allows Kansas residents to attend UMKC dental school at resident rates, and Missouri residents can attend Kansas architectural schools at Kansas resident rates.

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