Restrictions on Dental Auxiliaries

Authors:
J. Nellie Liang and Jonathan Ogur

Examines empirically the effects of various state restrictions on the number and use of dental hygienists and assistants. Concludes that relaxation of restrictions on the number of hygienists that a dentist may employ would benefit consumers by providing the same quality of service at a lower price. Gains to consumers could reach $1 billion per year.