Louisburg Dentist Adds Saturday Hours to Accommodate Medicaid and HealthChoice Patients

September 04, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
September 4, 2009 Without a doubt, the economic crisis is forcing families to put off dental care unless an emergency visit becomes necessary. Recognizing that 17 percent of Franklin County residents are eligible for Medicaid and/or HealthChoice, Dr. James Hardy now offers a clinic at his Louisburg, NC office one Saturday each month to accommodate those unable to schedule during the week.

Throughout Franklin County, only one-third of eligible adults utilize their dental services available through Medicaid. Another half under the age of 21 never schedule visits. According to a national poll conducted this summer by FORBA, the nation's largest dental practice management company, 18 percent of respondents have trouble locating a dentist who will treat families receiving Medicaid.

"I realize too many people are choosing between preventative health care and basic necessities during this tough economic time," says Dr. Hardy, a general family and cosmetic dentist practicing in Louisburg since 1981. "My concern is that access to care is another hindrance for individuals on public insurance programs. Our practice accepts most insurance plans, including Medicaid and HealthChoice."

Tooth decay is the second most common disease in America and regular exams are essential to prevent small dental problems from becoming big ones. Healthy People 2010, a federal initiative to identify the most significant preventable threats to health, includes 17 oral health objectives geared at prevention and access to related services.

"Certainly, people prefer to avoid the dentist out of concern for pain or guilt if it has been too long since their last visit," Dr. Hardy suggests. "We understand the various reasons people postpone treatment. Our philosophy is to listen to your concerns, let you know what to expect, and then put you at ease before doing any work."

Call 919-496-3088 to inquire about services of James G. Hardy, D.D.S. and Associates and schedule an appointment.