Healthy Choices

June 19, 2014

Sacramento region scrambles to confront new ‘dental care crisis’

Sutter Medical Center is just the latest health system to shut down its dental surgery program over concern for the bottom line. Its decision leaves the region with no hospital willing to brave financial losses to serve such vulnerable patients as severely autistic adults who must undergo costly anesthesia to endure dental work.

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The Sacramento Bee's team of health reporters covers California health care, medicine and healthy living, with an emphasis on public health and under-served communities.

Sammy Caiola: Health care and healthy living. Reach her at or 916-321-1636. Twitter: @SammyCaiola

Claudia Buck: Public health and consumer issues. Reach her at or 916-321-1968. Twitter: @Claudia_Buck

Funding for this reporting is paid, in part, by The California Endowment, a private foundation that promotes healthy communities through grants and education. All coverage decisions are made by The Bee.