12 year old child dies of poverty in the USA


Welfare 'reforms' by the US governmentFrom Green Left Weekly in Australia:

Poverty kills 12-year-old in US

3 March 2007

On February 25, 12-year-old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache in Maryland.

A simple tooth extraction could have saved his life, but by the time he received medical attention a tooth infection had spread to his brain.

Driver’s family did not have private health insurance and their Medicaid coverage had expired.

Even with Medicaid, many people have to travel several hours to find a dentist willing to treat them — just 900 of the state’s 5500 dentists accept Medicaid patients.

Figures show that fewer than one-third of children in Maryland’s Medicaid program received any dental care during 2005.

More extensively on this case in the Washington Post.

Children in poverty in Britain: here.

2 thoughts on “12 year old child dies of poverty in the USA

  1. American Dental Association Statement on the Death of Deamonte Driver

    Fri Mar 2, 10:50 AM ET

    To: MEDICAL EDITORS

    Contact: Robert Raible, +1-202-789-5166, raibler@ada.org, or Fred Peterson, +1-312-440-2806, petersonf@ada.org, both of American Dental Association

    CHICAGO, March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is being issued by the American Dental Association:

    We are deeply saddened at the apparently avoidable death of 12-year-old Deamonte Driver, Prince George’s County, Md., from a severe brain infection that may have resulted from his deplorable degree of untreated dental disease. This is an extreme example of what then-Surgeon General David Satcher called a “silent epidemic” of untreated oral disease in his landmark report on oral health in 2000.

    Deamonte’s death should be a wake-up call to the nation. It is a national disgrace that in the 21st Century America, millions of children don’t have access to basic preventive and restorative dental care. Thousands of these kids suffer from profound dental disease — they can’t eat or sleep properly, can’t pay attention in school because they’re suffering from chronic infections and the resulting constant pain that could have been prevented and easily relieved through treatment.

    Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop once said that if you don’t have good oral health, you aren’t healthy. Increasingly, science is bearing this out. Good oral health isn’t just about teeth and gums. It’s about overall health, about preventing and controlling non-oral diseases, about learning and development, self-esteem and employability. And it’s everyone’s business, not just dentists’.

    It’s time for action to prevent the next child’s needless death; to end society’s neglect of the oral health of the most vulnerable among us. Dentists can lead the way, but we can’t do this alone. We need state and federal public officials to stop shortchanging dental programs, which costs all of us heavily in the long run. We need water fluoridation and the universal availability of preventive care, both of which are surefire investments that produce healthier, more productive young people. And we need to educate all parents about taking care of their children’s oral health.

    It’s too late for Deamonte Driver. We as a nation owe it to our children to fix the system that let him down.

    The not-for-profit ADA is the nation’s largest dental association, representing more than 153,000 members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public’s health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA’s state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer and professional products. For more information about the ADA, visit the Association’s Web site at http://www.ada.org.

    SOURCE American Dental Association

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