The Problem With Healthcare In America

| July 23, 2018

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The CEO of health insurer Cigna, David Cordani, says the problem with America's health care system is that most of the money being spent is on intervention after people already are sick. Cordani believes we need to spend more money and resources keeping people healthy in the first place.

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Affordable Care is a dental support organization that exclusively provides business support to the network of affiliated practices operating under the Affordable Dentures and Affordable Dentures & Implants brands. Founded in 1975, Affordable Dentures is the largest and fastest-growing denture-services provider in the U.S. with more than 220 affiliated practices in 40 states. More than six million patients have received services from an Affordable Dentures-affiliated practice.

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