Friday, September 08, 2017
Older people and dentists
In a study done by the University of Michigan, 56% of older respondents said they only seek care for serious problems, not normal preventive. Thirteen percent thought Medicare would cover this--nope.
Yet, three-quarters thought regular care was important.
Respondents who were female and white, had higher incomes and insurance, were more likely to get checkups. That left men, blacks, Hispanics, and poor people, or those without insurance to wait for a crisis.
Why didn't respondents get needed care? Cost--69% delayed or did not get care because of cost.
And one in five cited fear of the dentist as a major factor.
I have fear of "treatment" plans.
Of course, I am being a jerk for saying this--I should be recommending regular checkups and treatments. Guilty--I am a jerk. But so are some dentists...