Love & Orthodontics
Love & Orthodontics
Dr Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and faculty member of three dental schools. She practices in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Texas, USA. Dr Chris writes about orthodontics, pediatric dentistry and life.
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 Your dental practice is not a charity: YOU decide what your missionary work will be

Your dental practice is not a charity: YOU decide what your missionary work will be

5/17/2018 8:13:25 AM   |   Comments: 0   |   Views: 40
Choose freedom over paying some corporate CEO’s country club membership...
  • Freedom to get up in the morning and look forward to going to work.
  • Freedom to get to work to make money for you and your family and not for other people -- like insurance corporations and government.
  • Freedom to diagnose your own patients and not have insurance tell you when you can do a pulpotomy and stainless steel crown, same appointment or different appointment,  in what sequence to get paid for them both.
  • Freedom to set your own fees because you know what your overhead is.
  • Freedom to have a practice that actually functions as your business and not as an arm of a big corporation and government.
  • Freedom to incorporate systems into your practice that don’t require you to jump through hoops set up for you by insurance companies and Medicaid, so you will actually be profitable over the long haul, and have a business to sell when you are ready.
  • Freedom to take good care of your patients and not spend all of your time filing claims, filing appeals, answering questions and still not getting paid.

Benjamin Franklin warned of the kind of situation where little compromises sacrifice such freedoms; “Make yourself a sheep and the wolves will eat you.” 

Opt into a free market medical model - and YOU decide what your missionary work will be instead of being a member of the unpaid robot dental collective.

Dr. David Gesko, in a recent interview, notes, if you're concerned about dental therapists from a competition standpoint, dentistry as a whole is changing, and you may have to get used to new technologies and models of care(emphasis mine)1

Choose freedom over being required to change your “model of care” (How about if you go out of business, and two dental therapists with high school educations replace you?) Use a free market model, instead, that makes you independent of big insurance, big government and big corporations.

It seems the biggest advocates for cheaper dental (medical) care are executives of huge corporations, receiving very generous salaries.  The young dentist out of school with a half-million dollar debt needs his/her profession, his/her job, his/her ability to proceed with a career, take care of a beloved family and get out of debt.  

Dr Gesko is Dental Director and Senior Vice-President of HealthPartners, a corporation which reports “serving over 1.5 million members.” 2  His biography says, “Dr. Gesko is passionate about integrating medical and dental care and applying growing evidence-based research to care delivery.” (emphasis mine)2 

Dr. Gesko, a Minnesota Board of Dentistry member, and now President of the Board, says he has worked alongside dental therapists since their inception. So far, he's had “positive experiences and so have the low-income patients at HealthPartners' dental clinics.”1

Use a model to create a life where you are free, prosperous, and happy.  You can use situations and systems which, if implemented, will give you the interesting, wonderful, and prosperous practice you deserve. You can take better care of your patients, family, staff, and be a better member of the community, by implementing the systems we teach.

At Love & Orthodontics, we are here to help the dentist have the practice of his/her dream. You, the dentist can have a happy career that is prosperous and free of harassment from insurance companies, big corporations and government over-regulation.

Fear knocked at the door
Faith answered.
No one was there.

(Accessed May 17, 2018)
(Accessed May 17, 2018)

© 2018 Dr Chris Baker
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