'Dental therapy' closer to becoming a new Arizona profession
Tucson.com | By Stephanie Innes Arizona Daily Star
PHOENIX — The issue remains divisive, but dental therapists are closer to becoming a new, licensed profession in Arizona.
Over the objection of dentists, Arizona’s Senate health committee voted 4-3 Wednesday to move forward a bill that would establish dental therapists as “mid-level” providers, who would play a role similar to that of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the medical world.
The debate pitted dentists from the Arizona Dental Association against a coalition that includes tribes, the conservative Goldwater Institute and the Arizona Rural Health Association, among others.
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