Numbers are confusing

I found Dr. James Pride`s article in the September issue somewhat confusing. He states that "Employers are cutting back on dental coverage en masse.O Dr. Pride then goes on to say that 20 years ago, 9 percent of employers provided coverage while today the number is close to 48 percent. I believe that this trend demonstrates an increase rather than a cut back.

Dec 1st, 1997

I found Dr. James Pride`s article in the September issue somewhat confusing. He states that "Employers are cutting back on dental coverage en masse.O Dr. Pride then goes on to say that 20 years ago, 9 percent of employers provided coverage while today the number is close to 48 percent. I believe that this trend demonstrates an increase rather than a cut back.

Steven R. Duffin, DDS, MBA

Salem, OR

Editor?s note: Sorry for the confusion. We goofed. Dr. Pride?s statement should read: OJust 10 years ago, 69 percent of all employers provided their employees with some form of dental coverage. Today, less than 48 percent offer a dental plan in any form.O

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