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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Many dentists have DMD degrees.
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    Next you'll be saying that dentist should go to their own schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kallie Knoetze View Post
    ... Because dentists are not the same thing as medical doctors.
    Why not? What's the difference? Is an oncologist the same thing as a medical doctor? Is a podiatrist the same thing as a medical doctor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    So under the new Republican health plan being discussed in the Senate, feet, and foot-related conditions are excluded. This doesn't mean there's no coverage, but it means you'll need separate insurance coverage for feet, as related treatments and procedures will not be covered under general insurance plans. This is, of course, a complete lie that I just made up, but it's a good lead-in to my point.

    Dental insurance. Why aren't teeth covered under health insurance plans? Why can one purchase health insurance plans that cover every part of your anatomy, except your teeth? I did some research on the subject, and if my findings are correct, it's because dental care was once a service typically provided by barbers. As such, it didn't qualify as medical, and so when medical insurance became a thing (1850s), it didn't include dental care.

    Is there ANY reason today why dental insurance should remain separate from medical insurance?
    i agree with you.... it should be covered.

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    At this point though...i am sure dentists do not want to be under health insurance plans.


    the make more money the way it is now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Why not? What's the difference? Is an oncologist the same thing as a medical doctor? Is a podiatrist the same thing as a medical doctor?
    Mr. Djinn,

    Oncologist and podiatrist are medical doctors. Dentist are not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kallie Knoetze View Post
    ... Next you'll be saying that dentist should go to their own schools. Oncologist and podiatrist are medical doctors. Dentist are not.
    They're different types of medical schools. I fail to see why this distinction should be reflected by medical insurance programs.

    As to "medical doctors" - what's the distinction? They both treat parts of the human anatomy. They deal with infections, deformities, physical / nervous damage.

    What makes dental practice "not medical?" What litmus test are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    They're different types of medical schools. I fail to see why this distinction should be reflected by medical insurance programs.
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    Because 90% of dental procedures are elective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syrenn View Post
    At this point though...i am sure dentists do not want to be under health insurance plans. ...
    Not sure about that. So I dropped an e-mail to the ADA, I'll report back in the unlikely event I get a response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kallie Knoetze View Post
    Mr. Djinn,

    Because 90% of dental procedures are elective.
    Are my medical checkups "elective?" Most dental vists entail routine cleaning, and the occasional cavity. I'd hardly consider such things "elective" given the potential ramifications of NOT having the procedures done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Not sure about that. So I dropped an e-mail to the ADA, I'll report back in the unlikely event I get a response.
    Dentists want payment at time of service.... all of it. There are no cut rate prices. There is no partial payments by the government.
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