KCUR News
12:18 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Proposed Rules Could Help Bring Dentists to Kansas

TOPEKA, Ks. – A group of Kansas dentists is hoping the Legislature will take steps to keep more dentists in the state.

Kansas and Missouri have an agreement, in which some students who are Kansas residents can attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City dental school and pay in-state tuition.

Brett Roufs is a dentist from Newton and the past president of the Kansas Dental Association. He says Kansas can send around 20 students per year to UMKC through the program. He hopes the legislature will require some of those students to come back and work in the state.

"We'd like to say that around five to eight of those students must come back to Kansas," says Roufs. "Right now there is no tie."

Roufs says they'd also like to see some programs that will offer incentives to attract dentists to rural areas and parts of Kansas where dentists aren't available.