Guilford County’s pediatric dental services could be privatized

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For years Guilford County has provided services for those with no dental insurance and those on Medicaid. But Guilford County's health director said that could change under the proposed budget for next year.

The health department could lose 11 percent of its funding for the 2012-13 budget. They're expected to get a little over $32 million. Only $200,000 of that money goes to the pediatric dental services, and if the privatization goes through, PDS would not get the $200,000.

"The public needs to know some of the repercussions of some of the ideas that are laid out in the budget," Green said.

Green stated that the health department would only go into a partnership if it's more cost-effective than staying with the county. If the health department does not find the agreement suitable, Green said she'll look for other ways to continue the clinic.

"I want to make sure that valuable taxpayers' dollars are put in key places. There is no room anymore for anything that is not essential and mandated," Green said.

The 2012-13 budget also includes the possible elimination of 35 unfilled positions. Guilford County Commissioners are expected to vote on all of the budget recommendations by the end of June.