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By Ralph Damiani

Gov. Richardson and Sen. Jeff Bingaman made a joint appearance this week to push the idea of a dental school for the state.

That seems uncontroversial enough.

They announded that New Mexico has a shortage of dentists and state officials plan to study whether it’s feasible to establish a dental school to provide more dental care professionals.

Sounds good.

The men said that the study will look at the costs of establishing and operating a dental school as well as where it should be located.

For support they provided some data, like the fact that New Mexico ranks near the bottom nationally in the number of dentists per capita.

“Dental care and oral health care generally are a tremendous health care need in our state,” Bingaman said, according to The Associated Press.

Which follows that, “the establishment of a dental school, I think, makes sense as a part of that long-term solution.”

Good.

So, why do we need a protracted study?

They announced that no contractor has been selected to conduct the study, there’s no deadline when the study will be finished (although it will take at least a year to complete) and there’s no idea on where to put the facility.

Huh?


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