Welcome to American Mobile Clinics
Why would anyone want to practice in a mobile office?
Access to care is a major problem facing dentistry today. Many recall when the U.S. Surgeon General gave a failing grade to the level of dental disease in this country, and reported that the number one reason children visit the school nurse is for dental pain. Access to care issues became even more noticeable after the death of a young Medicaid-eligible patient due to a dental-related condition.
Enter the mobile dental clinic. The dentist and staff can arrive at a facility where the patients are already located, such as a school, community center, elder care facility, or manufacturing facility. The patients are treated on site with minimal interruption of their day or without the complex logistical issues surrounding transportation of the elderly and disabled. More patients can receive care who might otherwise go without or receive only symptomatic care.
Currently, there are an estimated 2,000 mobile clinics located across the country, representing all states and the Washington, DC. Services include primary care, preventive screening, disease management, behavioral health, dental care, pre-natal care, and pediatric care. Addressing the triple aim of patient outcomes, quality and cost, we find: