“Despite proven harms of unnecessary antibiotic use, the battle to limit unnecessary prescriptions rages on. Hospitals and medical offices are not the only sites of frequent antibiotic abuse: Urgent care centers and retail clinics also contribute.”
- 70% of all Medicare recipients lack or have limited dental insurance, and fewer than half access dental care each year.
- Cost is the primary reason that older adults haven’t gone to the dentist in the past year.
- Integrating dental coverage in Medicare would close disparities in dental use and expense between the uninsured and insured and among older adults with few financial resources and limited oral health education.