Parents in Florida, Georgia report being charged for child care coverage
Parents in Georgia and Florida have been reporting receiving multiple bills from dental care providers for their children, a new study has found.
In Georgia, the average bill is about $1,000 a month.
In Florida, the bill averages about $7,000, according to the research by the University of South Florida’s Center for Health Research and Policy.
According to the study, these bills have been coming from dental clinics in Florida for years.
The most common providers are a private dental care provider, an out-of-state dental clinic, a dental clinic operated by a third party, and a local dental clinic.
According the study: “The majority of the bills were billed from out- of-state and out-patient providers, which are all based on providers’ billing records.
These are providers who typically do not have to disclose the cost of dental services they provide.
The majority of providers charged are private providers.
This includes the dental clinics that we identified, including one in which we received more than one invoice in the span of three weeks,” said Dr. Daniel Kieffer, an assistant professor of dentistry and of preventive medicine at South Florida Community College.
The researchers say that, even though this practice of billing out-state providers to cover out-patients is common, they were unable to find a clear picture of the actual amount being billed and how that was being billed to these out-in-state clinics.
“The bills were not presented to patients in an easy manner, which made them more likely to miss out on care and delay care,” said Kiefer.
“It’s very frustrating to see this practice being taken advantage of and to see parents getting charges they have no control over.
We have no data on what the total amount is and it’s certainly not clear what the fee structure is.
We don’t know how much money is being made, and we don’t have a way to get an estimate of how much it is costing parents.”
The researchers also did not have data on whether the providers were charging a fee or an average bill.
“We did not find data to indicate whether the billings were based on an actual cost or whether the bills included a fee, nor do we know if the bills include any other fees associated with the care being provided,” said study co-author Dr. Stephanie Furlong, a dentist and associate professor of preventive health at the University at Buffalo.
“Dental care providers may be able to charge a fee for services and are unlikely to be billed for the full cost of their services, and therefore, these rates should be viewed with a grain of salt.”
The study was funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.