Letters to the Editor

Readers And Tweeters Bare Their Teeth On Dental Disparities (And Other Fine Points)

Letters to the Editor is a periodic Kaiser Health News feature. KHN welcomes all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names.


Foaming At The Mouth Over Dental Insurance?

In response to the revelation that a 61-year-old academic had to rely on handouts from his mom to cough up over $50,000 for dental work (“When Is Insurance Not Really Insurance? When You Need Pricey Dental Care,” May 18), Trista McGlamery of Atlanta tweets that an ounce of prevention is worth a ton.

— Trista McGlamery, Atlanta


Jillian Tullis of San Diego seconds that emotion.

— Jillian Tullis, San Diego


A professor of economics at Elon University, Steve DeLoach, questions the logic:

— Steve DeLoach, Elon, N.C.


Taking the long view is historian Debby Levine of Providence, R.I.

— Debby Levine, Providence, R.I.


Rachel Perrone of Washington, D.C., tells how she took it in the teeth for her son.

— Rachel Perrone, Washington, D.C.


Representing Pharmacists

I’m disappointed that your image of a pharmacist is a white male (“Looking For Lower Medicare Drug Costs? Ask Your Pharmacist For The Cash Price,” May 30). In 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 57 percent of pharmacists were women, nearly 9 percent were black or African-American, 15 percent Asian and roughly 5 percent Hispanic. Please consider reflecting the diversity of people in this occupation.

— Regina Flynn, Strafford, N.H.


Pardon Our ‘Spanish’

In the story “California Lawmakers Seek Reparations For People Sterilized By The State” (April 16), Samantha Young’s use of the adjective “Spanish” to describe the predominantly Mexican Hispanic/Latino community in Hayward, Calif., should be reconsidered. I know this is a complicated descriptive-language issue, but the female population targeted for sterilization was heavily Mexican, and Rosie was of Mexican heritage in a community with little representation from Spain. I’d be inclined not to use the word “Spanish” to generalize about this community.

— Dave Hallock, Edmonds, Wash.


Why Punish The Ill?

Many of these incarcerated individuals who are receiving psychotropic medications have needed them for years but were unable to obtain them for any number of reasons (“Use Of Psychiatric Drugs Soars In California Jails,” May 4). It’s a shame that the only way they can get what their bodies require is to be imprisoned. In fact, the prisons are not just filled with criminals. In most states, inmate populations are made up largely of those with “medical needs” not “criminal rehabilitation needs.” A case of “the wrong doctors treating the wrong diseases.”

— Joe Blough, Rock Hill, Mo.

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