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Rethinking Dentist Shortages

Marko Vujicic, chief economist of the ADA argues that the debate surrounding the adequacy of the dentist workforce is fraught with shortcomings.
In a recent JADA Health Policy Perspectives column, Marko Vujicic, chief economist of the ADA and vice president of the Health Policy Institute discusses dentist shortages. He argues that the current debate on the adequacy of the dentist workforce is fraught with conceptual and empirical shortcomings.

Dr. Vujicic shows data on the level of excess capacity in dental offices in several states and calls for a new approach to estimating dental workforce needs. He describes the Health Policy Institute’s forthcoming research in this area.