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May152012

« Follow Up to King 5's News Story on WDS »

Via WDS's Facebook page, CEO Jim Dwyer apologized to WDS member dentists stating that his remarks in King 5's investigative news story were taken out of context. His apology is below.

Message from Jim Dwyer, CEO:
You may have seen the KING TV news report on May 10, 2012 about Washington Dental Service. I can certainly understand that my comments may have upset some member dentists. Please know that the clips of me were taken from a highly edited interview. Working more hours is one of many strategies dentists are employing to cope with a changing market place and the depressed economy.
I respect and value our member dentists, and I know they are dedicated to providing quality care for their patients. I apologize for the context of the statement.

On behalf of its member dentists, WSDA posted the following comment on King 5's page referencing this story:

Mr. Dwyer’s comments that dentists should “start working five days a week” to make up for the reduction in reimbursement were outrageous and  disrespectful, displaying ignorance on what it takes to run a dental practice. In addition to seeing patients, most dentists spend many hours managing the administrative responsibilities of owning a small business and work to stay current with the technical and scientific advancements in dentistry.  We are disappointed that the CEO of the largest non-profit dental insurance company in the State doesn’t understand these basic fundamentals of operating a dental practice.
-Washington State Dental Association

Reader Comments (7)

Mr. Dwyer has literally added insult to injury. WDS has not allowed us dentists to increase our fees to keep up with inflation for 3 years, and then announces a 15% cut in reimbursement. Mr. Dwyer's lecture seems like classic advice from the wealthy (1.2 million/year!!!) to the 99% that our financial problems are of our own making and that all we have to do is work harder and longer. How can he justify his 45% increase in salary while cutting reimbursement for everybody else?

05.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterThomas E Carns

Non Profit Organizations exist for a specific pupose. Its purpose is to NOT profit from your organization. I understand someone needs to be the CEO. I understand a large salary for the CEO of a $900+ million dollar entity. But I WILL NEVER understand increasing that large salary by 45% in 5 years (of intense recession).

Furthermore, the CEO comments on Washington having higher reimbursements than most other states. OK. Does this thought process at all think about overhead from other states. I don't know the answer, but a blanket statement about reimbursements from other states being a big reason is unacceptable to me. [by the way, I suspect we have among the higher overheads as well].

I'm losing money...(a portion of this post has been edited)

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