Why Dental Practices (And Patients!) Need To Have Payment Plans More Than Ever.
With unstable economic times a visit to a Dentist is going to be something that many people might decide to put near the back of their list of priorities - mistakenly maybe, as health is always essential - yet it is no more than human nature. Worse still possibly is the chance of accident as well as other un-avoidable dental care being required atperiods when income could possibly have reduced During the current recession a decline in income has been just as prevalent as outright redundancy, because of short time working, move to lower paid employment or simply frozen pay levels. In these conditions dental practices making use of some sort of dental plan are actually benefiting both themselves and their patients through supplying financial stability and predictability. With no per-visit payments, routine visits to a dental practice, which can lead to valuable early diagnosis, are not seen as an extra expenditure by a client having a dental plan, and the cost of any succeeding treatment has been paid for in the plan payments. Dentists also benefit from the stability of a constant revenue stream and the reduction in uncertainty enables them to prepare with a lot more confidence for ongoing and improving service provision.The dental practitioner ought to be sure he is proposing the appropriate scheme for both him or her self and his clients and in this respect both price and level of quality are key elements. DPAS prides itself on being the lowest cost of the principal dental plan suppliers which will be of primary interest to patients. Dentists also have got the flexibility to offer a assortment of dental plans to clients with different needs and financial constraints. Also fundamental to dentists as well as clients, even if less apparent, will be the assistance available from DPAS in plan set-up and maintenance. With DPAS support and expertise carrying much of the burden dentists have the freedom to spend more time with their patients which is the outcome everyone would like. Another significant aspect to consider is that the plan needs to suit the practice, not require the practice and its clients to adapt themselves to the plan. All dental practices are different: in size, demographic profile of clients and socio-economic mix. Through enabling 'practice branding' of plans DPAS makes it possible for dental practices to provide plans which are most suitable for them and their clients. With a 'practice branded' plan patients feel that they still belong to the practice, not to something that has developed into a minor outlet of a large impersonal organisation, complete with all the loss of control and individual attention that this often implies.