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J Am Coll Dent. 1998 Winter;65(4):46-8.

Managed care: an ethical controversy in dentistry as viewed by a dental student.

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Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis 46202-5186, USA.


This essay defines managed care and presents three particular ways it affects the profession of dentistry. The first issue is whether managed care is needed in dentistry; the second is the effects of managed care on treatment; and finally the dentist-patient relationship is examined. It is incumbent on dental students to be highly proficient in understanding and managing managed care because of the potential this system has for vast impact on patients, the profession, and one's practice.

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