Marti Zimmerman: Dentist expensive |

Marti Zimmerman: Dentist expensive

— To the editor:

I would like to know how the Dental Coalition here in town advertises for the low income.

In reality, they are the most expensive dental place in town. I recently had a root canal quoted. I qualified for a sliding scale of a 40 percent discount. I thought the price was way too high, so I called around to all the dentist offices here and in Meeker.

I also called a few in Steamboat Springs. On average, the normal price for the Dental Coalition was 20 to 40 percent higher than the other dental offices.

How does this happen? I can not afford a regular dentist and thought the coalition was helping low-income people. They also receive government assistance, grants and donations locally.

This seems like a big scam. I called to talk to the office manager and was told that either I take the appointment or don’t. How can they justify saying they are helping the community when they are the most expensive dentist in town? And they receive all that assistance. It’s time to monitor government-assisted programs (especially this one) to make sure we are not being ripped off.

Marti Zimmerman

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