A Personal Story: Access to Care – Jane, White River Junction

Jane lives in White River Junction, Vermont. This is her story:

I am an uninsured American, and my family makes just enough money so that we do not qualify for Medicaid. Although I’ve made it through most of my life without visiting a dentist for regular appointments, about a year ago I developed a throbbing pain in the lower left side of my mouth. I tried going to an Emergency Department at my local hospital, but all they were able to do was offer me aspirin and give me a referral to a dentist whom I could not afford to visit.

It took me almost 4 months to get an appointment at a dental clinic, but there I was able to have the tooth removed and a prosthetic one put in its place. Now I am no longer living with the pain of that tooth, but I still think about how excruciating it was to not only have a dental problem but also to suffer with it while I waited to receive care.

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