From The Tennessean article The Nashville area has one of the highest number of people in the country who have cancer, with an average of one person dying each day, according to the American Cancer Society.
The disease has spread to more than 2 million Americans, and there are more than 15,000 new cases each day.
Hospitals in the area are trying to keep people out of the hospital, with many opting to use public transportation to get to work, or offer rides to people who can’t afford it.
Nashville has some of the most advanced cancer screening programs in the nation, and the city has a relatively high rate of survival, with more than 80 percent of people surviving their first two weeks in the hospital.
But even with all of that, the city can still struggle to provide good dental care.
According to the AMA, the median income in Nashville is only $30,000, and a person with a family income of $50,000 would be required to spend $6,600 a year to get the same dental care in the city.
In Nashville, the average wait time for a checkup is less than two minutes.
A spokesperson for the Nashville Metro Health System said the city is working to make dental care available to everyone in the region.
The spokesperson said the dental plan is currently in the early stages, but is expected to go live by the end of the year.
“The Nashville Metro System’s dental services are among the best in the world, and are one of our most comprehensive plans, with coverage for more than 400 services and treatments,” said Dr. Amy Smith, spokesperson for Metro Health.
For more information, visit www.nashvillemetrohealth.com.