(Reuters) – While
many healthcare startups are hoping the new healthcare law going into
effect next year will help drive more business their way, dental network
Brighter believes being left out of the law will help it more.
Dental services for adults are
not part of the Affordable Care Act, which Brighter founder and chief
executive Jake Winebaum believes could encourage more businesses to drop
their existing dental-care coverage. That could help Brighter win
customers, he says.
launches its new service on Monday in Los Angeles, connects its
customers with dentists with whom it has negotiated discounted rates.
The rates would be similar to the ones a dental insurance company might
negotiate. Unlike with dental insurance plans, Brighter customers do not
have to pay premiums or submit paperwork.
Okla. (AP) — Eight more patients of an Oklahoma oral surgeon whose
clinics were deemed unsanitary have tested positive for hepatitis C, but
health officials cautioned Thursday that it would be highly unusual for
them to have contracted the illnesses at his clinic.
Tulsa’s Health Department reported that the new positive tests bring the total number of Dr. W. Scott Harrington’s
patients who have tested positive for hepatitis C to 65. Nearly 3,600
patients have been tested so far in county health clinics throughout
Irish Haemophilia Society says disease is a ‘silent epidemic’
Irish scientists have identified a number of
hepatitis C cases among “health tourists” who had dental work or
cosmetic surgery carried out overseas, as well as among people receiving
tattoos using unhygienic equipment.
Cases of hepatitis C have been reported among people who travelled to Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and South Africa for dental treatment, according to Prof Suzanne Norris, consultant hepatologist at St James’s Hospital.
(CNN) — They went to the dentist to get a wisdom
tooth pulled or perhaps have their jaw realigned. But they may have also
contracted a blood-borne virus.
Health officials in
Oklahoma are notifying 57 patients who tested positive for hepatitis C
and three patients who tested positive for hepatitis B after visiting
oral surgeon W. Scott Harrington’s office in Tulsa and a city suburb,
according to a joint statement issued Wednesday by the Oklahoma State
Department of Health and the Tulsa Health Department.
The Oklahoma state health department is contacting some 7,000
patients of Tulsa-area dentist Dr. W. Scott Harrington to warn them they
may have been exposed to “blood-borne viruses.” An investigation of his
office found rusty instruments in use and many unsanitary practices.
in Harrington’s office also allegedly carried out tasks that only a
licensed dentist may perform, including giving IV sedation. More
worrisome, as The Associated Press reports, the dentist and his staff
told investigators that they treated numerous patients who were ill with infectious diseases.
But it’s far from clear that anyone was ever sickened because they were
treated by Harrington. Oklahoma state health department epidemiologist
Kristy Bradley told the AP there’s still an active investigation. “I
want to stress that this is not an outbreak,” she said.
Susan Rogers, executive director of Oklahoma’s Board of Dentistry told CNN that when investigators first learned how the dentist’s office was run, “we were just physically kind of sick. I mean, that’s how bad (it was) and I’ve seen a lot of bad stuff over the years.”