Access to quality, affordable dental care in poor urban and rural communities has been a problem for decades. Many dental support organizations have entered these underserved markets. Through business efficiencies of scale, DSOs have been able to operate effectively in these areas.
A recently released white paper from the National Minority Quality Forum entitled Reaccessing the Dental Care Paradigm presents a strong case for the expansion of DSOs in underserved communities. The paper examines many issues that are causing this access crisis and evaluates a multitude of solutions. Solutions include, mid-level service providers, prevention (school-based sealant programs), better Medicaid reimbursement and DSOs. One Texas study sited in this whitepaper showed that DSOs, on average charged $225 less per treatment than non DSO supported offices.