Showing posts with label Why Dentists Don't Step Forward. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Why Dentists Don't Step Forward. Show all posts

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Why Dentists Aren't Stepping Forward

I've been asking a lot of question lately about why more dentists, assistants and hygienists have not come forward to expose, Small Smiles, Kool Smiles, Smile High and other medicaid dental centers.

What I've discovered is that:

1. There are hundreds out there! I mean hundreds!

2. They signed confidentiality agreements under the guise of HIPPA laws but in reality Corporate wants them to keep their mouths shut.

3. Some employees who left these torture chambers and struggling to move on, some even suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome themselves.

4. Some even have hard documented evidence of abuse to the children but once again, due to HIPPA laws only the parents of the children involved can make use of it.

5. The employees still there are between a rock and a hard place. They need the job. And now that they have associated themselves with these places will find it extremely hard to find other employment as well as impossible to get malpractice insurance.

6. And I don't know if this one is factual or not, but wouldn't be surprised. There is a black list of sorts kept on all dentists who have worked at Small Smiles, Kool Smiles, Smile Starters and others that is maintained and shared among state dental boards. (if this is not happening, it sure sounds like a wonderful idea)

So, if our law makers, our policy makers or state dental boards can't seem to find current regulations to end this, or are not going to quickly pass regulations to end this then at least do something to discourage dentists from finding employment with these clinics.