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09-08-2011, 05:10 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Man Dies From Toothache, Couldn't Afford Meds

A 24-year-old Cincinnati father died from a tooth infection this week because he couldn't afford his medication, offering a sobering reminder of the importance of oral health and the number of people without access to dental or health care.

According to NBC affiliate WLWT, Kyle Willis' wisdom tooth started hurting two weeks ago. When dentists told him it needed to be pulled, he decided to forgo the procedure, because he was unemployed and had no health insurance.

When his face started swelling and his head began to ache, Willis went to the emergency room, where he received prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medications. Willis couldn't afford both, so he chose the pain medications.

The tooth infection spread, causing his brain to swell. He died Tuesday.

Calls to Willis' family were not immediately returned. University Hospital in Cincinnati, where Willis was admitted, did not comment, citing federal privacy laws.

"People don't realize that dental disease can cause serious illness," said Dr. Irvin Silverstein, a dentist at the University of California at San Diego. "The problems are not just cosmetic. Many people die from dental disease."

Willis' story is not unique. <span style='font-size: 17pt'>In 2007, 12-year-old Deamonte Driver also died when a tooth infection spread to his brain. The Maryland boy underwent two operations and six weeks of hospital care, totaling $250,000. Doctors said a routine $80 tooth extraction could have saved his life.</span> His family was uninsured and had recently lost its Medicaid benefits, keeping Deamonte from having dental surgery. </div></div>

Is prevention cheaper than cure?


09-08-2011, 07:08 AM
"hard cases make bad law" There are always sob stories around and always will be. I am confident that such stories exist in every country and society throughout the world. It is, however, made worse by incompetent boobs destroying our once great system in favor of centrally planned economy, raising cost and lowering quality.

09-08-2011, 07:40 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Willis' story is not unique. In 2007, 12-year-old Deamonte Driver also died when a tooth infection spread to his brain.</div></div>2 people in 4 years certainly removes the adjective "unique" bu then again no one actually called the death unique.

Sad story. The article doesn't say which presciptions the guy received but most antibiotics are only like $4 at Walmart. I wonder if the guy ever went to the pharmacy and talked to the pharmacist.


09-08-2011, 03:52 PM
I've had an abscessed tooth.

Penicillin and/or amoxicillin are the meds prescribed for same.

One is $4 ... the other is $10 ... for a prescription. Beyond that Cincinnati has numerous FREE (http://www.freedentalcare.us/ci/oh-cincinnati) dental clinics.

The catch is that if you can pay something, they expect you to pay something. My own dentist does free clinic work one day per week ... and I've heard of similar, although not fatal, instances where some idjit would rather spend their $5.00 on beer than on having their teeth fixed.

University of Cincinnati has a large medical and dental school and offers free/low cost care to the poor with student intern dentists under the supervision of a dental professor.

IMHO the story is gonzo journalism that doesn't reflect reality.

Gayle in MD
09-14-2011, 09:28 AM
We must destroy Repiglican Fascism before it's too late!