Comments on: Enough dentists, but where? http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/03/26/enough-dentists/ The Newspaper for the Future of Miami Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:57:36 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: FDA http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/03/26/enough-dentists/#comment-2663 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:29:07 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=21348#comment-2663 FL Senate Interim Report 2012-127 states:
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“Options and/or Recommendations:
There is not a state-wide shortage of dentists in Florida and therefore there is no general need to recruit foreign-trained dentists or dentists from other states or jurisdictions. However, despite efforts by the Legislature to incentivize dentists to practice in rural areas and serve low-income individuals, a shortage in these areas is projected to continue. If the Legislature is interested in pursuing additional measures to increase the dental workforce in Florida, particularly to practice in rural areas or in public health settings and provide services to underserved populations, Senate professional staff recommends the following options:
Dentists Licensed in Other States or Jurisdictions: Authorize Licensure by Credentials or Reciprocity
Florida may become more competitive in its recruitment of dentists if the Board was authorized to determine which states have substantially similar licensing standards, including education and examination requirements, and the Board sought reciprocity agreements for licensure with these state dental boards. Licensure by credentials or reciprocity could also require the dentist to have been engaged in active practice for a period of time immediately prior to applying for licensure in Florida.
Expand the Health Access Dental Licensing Program
Authorize a dentist to obtain licensure through the health access dental licensing program if the dentist agrees to serve a certain percentage of Medicaid recipients or participate in the provider network of managed care entities participating in the Medicaid program.
Offer Loan Forgiveness or Other Loan Incentives
o Additionally, Florida may become more competitive in its recruitment of dentists in rural areas and may enhance Florida’s dental care for underserved populations if it offers a loan forgiveness program. The program could require dentists seeking loan assistance to serve in a rural area (the Panhandle or central, south Florida) and require dentists to serve a certain percentage of Medicaid recipients or participate in the provider network of managed care entities participating in the Medicaid program for a particular period of time. Considering the current lack of state resources, it may be beneficial to limit the number of dentists that may apply to the loan forgiveness program and target resources to areas with the most need for general dentists or specialists.
o Furthermore, Florida could offer state-guaranteed low-interest loans, subject to available state funding, to dentists wishing to establish their own practice. Because dentists often have large student loans and, therefore, are not in a financial position to open their own practice, it may encourage more dentists to set up their practice in an underserved area, if the state would offer state-guaranteed low-interest loans for either a 10 or 15-year period for the purchase of a dental office and dental equipment. The dentists could be required to practice in the underserved area and serve a certain percentage of Medicaid recipients or participate in the provider network of managed care entities participating in the Medicaid program for the life of the loan. After completion of the loan payment, the dentist would become the owner of the facility and equipment without further obligation.”

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By: Dentist in Park Ridge http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/03/26/enough-dentists/#comment-2660 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:59:22 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=21348#comment-2660 The Chicagoland area sure has a lot of dentists. Really, any big city will.

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