The Declining Supply of Dental Services in Kansas: Implications for Access and Options for Reform

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Oct 18, 2006


Daniel Bryan, M.P.A.,

R. Andrew Allison, Ph.D.


The supply of dentists and the way in which dental practices operate significantly affect the level of care that Kansans receive. A study of the dental workforce commissioned by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund shows that a persistent disparity in the supply of dentists between rural and urban areas and the manner in which services are delivered are adversely affecting the oral health of rural Kansans.

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