2.28.2007

The State of American Healthcare: Boy Dies of Toothache

Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache
Sunday.

A routine, $80 tooth extraction might have saved him.

If his mother had been insured.

If his family had not lost its Medicaid.

If Medicaid dentists weren't so hard to find.

If his mother hadn't been focused on getting a dentist for his brother, who had six rotted teeth.

By the time Deamonte's own aching tooth got any attention, the bacteria from the abscess had spread to his brain, doctors said. After two operations and more than six weeks of hospital care, the Prince George's County boy died.


Read the rest here, and tell me again about American Healthcare being the best in the world.

1 comment:

Chloe said...

ANyone who claims or thinks the U.S. has really top of the line health care is living in a fantasy world.

Not just this tragic story...
But regularly, wealthy U.S. citizens fly overseas to have advanced medical procedures because in the U.S., insurance companies won't cover them anyway, and as such, they're either not done at all, or there's not many surgeons experienced with it, because they rarely do it.

Take for example, the fact that there's a type of surgery for prostate that does NOT result in incontinence & impotency. However, most doctors won't even tell their patients this, because no U.S. insurance will cover it.