Nativism In Dentistry

You too can have high quality dental care for a very low price.  But only if you live in Alaska and only if you are a Native (Eskimo, Inuit, Indian, etc.).  Everyone else is barred from the market – by law.

I know what you are thinking.  Didn't the Supreme Court outlaw this sort of thing years ago?  Separate, but equal was banned in 1954.  Separate, but better is apparently okay.

Original story in the New York Times.

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  1. Devon says:

    Writing in Marginal Revolution, Tyler Cowen commented that he always thought of the dentist as a “as a kind of middle-level manager and salesman” who supervises dental assistants who perform much of the work. Presumably, a higher skilled dental therapist, with the ability to perform unsupervised tasks more complex than those done by dental assistants, would benefit both dentists and patients. Although some dental therapists might choose to compete with dentists, most would likely work for them – making the dental practice more efficient.

    See Tyler Cowen’s Blog here:

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