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He doesn't need no stinking license

Posted by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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Finding affordable dentist like pulling teeth?

by on February 1, 2013 @ 10:27 am · 0 comments

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It must be for some. And one man, 63-year-old Jose Santiago Delao of Texas, was willing to provide dental services on the cheap, despite not having a license. Eventually he landed on the authorities’ radar and was arrested following a complaint from a woman about a botched molar repair:

Delao admits he skirted the law, but isn’t remorseful.

“Jesus Christ didn’t need or didn’t have a license,” Jose Delao told Yahoo News during a jailhouse interview. rolling on floor“People hurt and they needed it. People didn’t have enough money to visit the regular dentist.”

Delao, a former dental lab technician, claims he couldn’t turn his back.

“It broke my heart,” he said, tapping his chest, “because I have the experience.”

But authorities say Delao, a native of Costa Rica, has never been a licensed dentist in Texas. If convicted, he could get two to 10 years in prison….

A survey of published news reports shows that as many as eight such underground dental clinics have been shutdown in the U.S. since last summer.

“I would clearly classify it as a problem,” said Dr. Frank Catalanotto, chair of the Department of Community Dentistry at the University of Florida. “It is potentially a big problem.”

I disagree that the problem is unlicensed dentistry. The problem is that there is obviously a market demand for low-cost dentistry that isn’t being met, probably because the barrier to entry in the field as a state-licensed dentist is so high, a barrier which licensed dentists have a vested interest in maintaining, as it protects their market share from would-be competitors like Delao. But people are far more likely to be uninsured for dental care than for medical care, or simply can’t afford to pay the high prices of mainstream dental work. Delao understood this and tried to meet the need, to his credit. He may have committed some crime (if, as the story reports, he did not let a patient leave when she wanted to), but trying to help people isn’t one of them.

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lga1965
by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 4:54 PM

 wellll....he says he was a Lab Technician, not a Dentist. I woouldn't go to him for any reason. There are dental clinics that do free or really inexpensive dental work for kids and poor families. With actual Dentists !This is goofy.

jlo1313
by Silver Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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 LOL.  Thankfully we have evolved our services and limited them to professionals for a reason.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM
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I think he had good intentions but he made a bad choice.

I have dental insurance and still can't afford the work i need, i can understand why people who seek out treatment from him, especially if they are in pain.

Cutenessmom
by Bronze Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:28 PM

I  am sad the guy got busted but I understad why...  Dentist our expensive!

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Feb. 3, 2013 at 1:05 AM
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Practicing medicine without a license is "competition"? And yes, dentistry is medicine.
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kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 1:16 AM
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HAHAHA!!!!  I cannot believe he compared himself to Jesus Christ, who healed just by saying "be healed."  Big head banger here lol

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 1:17 AM
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The dental clinic at my school does xrays for 40 bucks, and they do teeth cleanings for 30.  There are options.  I can't believe anyone actually went to this guy for dental care!!!

Quoting lga1965:

 wellll....he says he was a Lab Technician, not a Dentist. I woouldn't go to him for any reason. There are dental clinics that do free or really inexpensive dental work for kids and poor families. With actual Dentists !This is goofy.


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Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 1:19 AM
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I don't carry dental insurance.

That shit is expensive and so is dental work. It's a losing proposition
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muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 1:36 AM
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I agree with this:

"I disagree that the problem is unlicensed dentistry. The problem is that there is obviously a market demand for low-cost dentistry that isn’t being met, probably because the barrier to entry in the field as a state-licensed dentist is so high, a barrier which licensed dentists have a vested interest in maintaining, as it protects their market share from would-be competitors like Delao. But people are far more likely to be uninsured for dental care than for medical care, or simply can’t afford to pay the high prices of mainstream dental work. Delao understood this and tried to meet the need, to his credit. He may have committed some crime (if, as the story reports, he did not let a patient leave when she wanted to), but trying to help people isn’t one of them."

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