Patient Program Helping Uninsured
OHSU School of Dentistry patient Julie had put off her dental work for years because of finances. Then, her caregiver, fourth-year dental student Brittany Bartenstein, nominated Julie for the Student Patient Assistance Program (SPAP), a tool for helping patients who are low income, have little or no health insurance, and who are serious about their oral health care, get the assistance they need.
“I am so pleased to finally have a chance to catch up on my dental care,” said Julie. “Also, I am very glad to be a part of OHSU School of Dentistry, and to meet so many young, talented dental students.”
Since the SPAP began making awards in January 2013, more than $10,500 of dental care has been awarded to 35 patients, said SPAP coordinator and fourth-year dental student Kelly Sayre.