As many times I have asked for people to be ghost writers on the blog not many have stepped up to the plate.
Finally someone did.
I have had this crazy day and I am looking forward to telling you more stories about my younger days. But I have to get out of here fast to go to my son's baseball game.
I thought this would be a great time for this ghost writers opinion.
Keep in mind these are not MY opinions or the opinions of the AGD.
I felt like people have opinions and who am I to restrict people's thoughts.
Lets hear what he/she has to say and feel free to tell us what you think.
It’s time for a change..a big change.. in how dental care is offered and received in this country. Too few people get the treatment they need and those that do, pay more out-of-pocket every year.
Let’s get real! Dental care and treatment – restorations, bonding, crowns, laminates, root canals, etc. are expensive. It’s also delivered in a highly-skewed manner – too many dentists are focused on the Business of Dentistry and too few in the Practice of Dentistry.
Are only the wealthy able to afford this attention to their oral health care? It would seem so. With dental insurance treated by many employers as an extra add-on that can be eliminated or reduced during ‘economic crunch times’, proactive and routine dental exams are tossed into the pile marked, “I’ll get to it later!”
Why not take this line of reasoning a little further. Why not place dentistry where it really belongs – under the great big umbrella logoed U.S. Medical Healthcare!
It doesn’t make sense to create a wholly separate “treatment system” for the largest body cavity when the rest of our body is treated under the label Medicine.
Research continues to reveal strong clinical evidence of disease organisms and pathogenic pathways through the oral cavity that can negatively impact all human biological systems.
Ever see a dentist office next to an orthopedic surgeon’s suite in a professional office building that is attached to a hospital? Not often, I’ll bet. Why is that? Is the rent too high? Not likely. Recent data on the net income of professionals reveal that dentistry has the highest percentage after expenses than any other professional group (MD’s were next).
If oral cancer screening was mandated by insurance and 6-month cleaning and X-rays were included as “reasonable and customary” exam protocol, insurance coverage would go a long way towards providing a solid “fee for services” floor for dental practices. Current dental insurance is viewed as just a monetary “token benefit” with low pay out features and no real incentive for patient or dentist to practice “proactive, total oral healthcare”.
What do you think? Is there anything of note here? Change knocks on our door every day. Do we let him in? Will he create something new and better or just a different version of The Business of Dentistry?
Okay that was his/her thoughts.
I will give you my thoughts Friday, but I would like to hear yours.
Have a great Wednesday,