Need a dental plan.....

GreenSky

Active member
Location
Las Vegas
Read an article yesterday that said there's a bill up in congress that would add vision and dental to original Medicare. Wouldn't that be wonderful?
Who would pay for this? Medicare is already bleeding money and spending more than is taken in.

Rick
 

Judycat

Well-known member
Location
Pennsylvania
Taxpayers would pay for it. Apparently there is plenty of taxpayer money to blow, so why not a little for people on Medicare. Where would you rather see tax money go? To wealthy politicians jetting to resorts around the world or to you and your relatives on Medicare?
 

GreenSky

Active member
Location
Las Vegas
Taxpayers would pay for it. Apparently there is plenty of taxpayer money to blow, so why not a little for people on Medicare. Where would you rather see tax money go? To wealthy politicians jetting to resorts around the world or to you and your relatives on Medicare?
No, I'd rather it stay in OUR pockets.

You can say the same thing about every dollar of taxpayer money spent by the government. It needs to stop. There is no constitutional basis for much of what is spent, including requiring us to pay for and use social security and medicare.

As one of the taxpayers, I object to the constant increase in what we spend. The deficit under Trump has gone up even faster than Obama. It needs to stop somewhere. Taxation is theft. Inflating the money supply causes inflation which is theft.

Rick
 

applecruncher

Well-known member
Location
Ohio USA
There are no college dental schools any where near here so a "real" dentist is the only option. Besides, I went to a "teaching" dentist several years ago when we lived in another state and he was terribly rough. I never went back. We live close to MX and a LOT of seniors go down there for dental work because it's cheap but that's not an option for me, either o_O

Are you serious?

🙄

Regarding your phrase "real dentists", WHERE do you think those dentists got their training and degrees?

As far as Mexico, I haven't been there for dentistry but I know several people who have gone there for implants and they are extremely pleased.
 
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Aunt Bea

Well-known member
Location
Near Mount Pilot
I noticed that this year my Medicare supplement plan is offering dental insurance for an additional $29.00/month with a $1,000.00 annual benefit cap. When I read the fine print it sounds like they have negotiated lower rates with dentists who accept the plan as a way to generate additional business as opposed to a traditional insurance plan.

IMO it would be better for most people to self insure by setting aside the premiums in a savings account. Also keeping a credit card clear to make the initial payment to the dentist if sufficient money has not been put aside for the work required and paying the balance off monthly. Finally, I would encourage anyone to negotiate with a dentist when extensive work is involved. The dentist may offer an alternative treatment or a discount of some kind.
 

JB in SC

Active member
Location
Upstate
Shop around, there are excellent dentists that don’t overcharge...plus give discounts. I started seeing a new one after my long time dentist retired. This guy is phenomenal, he has an in house CNC. It takes about an hour and is $300 cheaper for an all ceramic crown that is precision fitted. I just wish I had changed years ago.
 

oldmontana

Member
Location
Montana
In my state BC/BS advantage has a dental plan for 2020. Its additional cost is way to high for what you get.

Under our basic BC/BS Medicare plan we get one free vision exam a year.

The good news is the cost of our basic plan, with the same coverage went form $85 a month to $40 a month.
 


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