An outbreak of canine dental disease has forced insurers to cut coverage for people who have been bitten by a dog in Florida, leading to a record number of people without dental insurance.
The state has reported nearly 40,000 canine bite injuries and about 2,500 people have lost coverage for dental treatment.
Many people have been left with no coverage at all, as insurers have turned away patients with dental records.
“I just wanted to see the doctor.
And the doctor told me that the vet was going to have to put a band around my mouth to help,” said Ashley Schein, a Florida resident who lost her teeth after a dog bit her while she was at work.”
We had to wait for about a week, and we were really in shock.
It’s hard enough to deal with dental issues, but having a dog bite you in the middle of the night?””
This is really traumatic.
It has been an emotional and stressful situation for everybody.”
Florida has had the highest number of bites of any state since 2000, with more than 13,000.
Some insurers have offered coverage, but the cost is steep and the state’s health commissioner says that more needs to be done to prevent more attacks.
“The insurance companies are making their money from the dogs.
So if you have an injury and you get covered, but your insurance doesn’t pay for it, you’re left with a hole in your pocket,” said Carol Gorman, Florida’s health secretary.
Florida’s healthcare system is one of the worst in the country, and dental insurance is critical to maintaining the state as a top provider of healthcare for people.
“What this is doing is it’s forcing more people into the emergency room, into hospitals,” said Dr Mark O’Brien, medical director of the Florida Dental Association.
“This has really affected the whole system.
And we’ve got a crisis of the health care system.”
The dog bite epidemic has caused insurance to drop coverage in the state, leading insurers to pull back from the market.
“Insurers are not in the position to make sure the health system is in good shape to meet the needs of the population,” said Gorman.
“And so we have had to do a little bit of an adjustment, but we have been able to do it.”