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Pay us now or pay us later and other letters

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: September 21, 2013 - 12:01 am ET

Pay us now or pay us later

Regarding “Serious dental infections requiring hospitalization up 40% since 2000” (, Sept.3), payers do not reimburse primary-care or urgent-care physicians for diagnosing and treating dental-related problems such as a tooth abscess, hence many people must go several days without treatment before they can see a dentist. To them I say, “You can pay us now (a small amount) or you can pay us later (a much bigger amount).”

Dr. Kenneth Patric
Chief medical officer
The Little Clinic

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Encryption equals prevention

Regarding "Advocate data breach highlights lack of encryption, a widespread issue” (, Aug. 30), I can't imagine a healthcare organization that still permits laptops and PCs to have personal health information on them and not be encrypted. It is the easiest preventive action a chief information officer can take to reduce the risk profile of a healthcare organization. It has been around for years and is not terribly expensive (especially compared to what they will pay for remediation and regulatory penalties). Absolutely unimaginable.

David Watson
Diablo, Calif.

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