What does the WSDA do for you? Is it a source of leadership for the dentist of Washington state? Does it ceate a standard that members must reach to be a member in good standing? Does it provide a vision of the future for the practice of dentistry in Washington state? Is it a place where important debate can take place with the freedom to speak about legitimate concerns or has it become something else?
One of the many reasons I chose to be a community health dentist was because I thought I would not have to discuss money with my patients. Foolish me. I discuss it all the time. The hard part is that some of my patients weep when they discover the high cost of dentistry.
In light of the recent WDS debacle, quite a few of us are discussing money and what is fair for patients, employers, insurance companies and dentists. It feels like war but it is not. It is business, and it is hard business.
One year into operations, and they’re just about up to speed at the UW’s Center for Pediatric Dentistry, a joint operation between the UWSoD and Seattle Children’s hospital, located in the old Navy base at Magnuson Park.
For years, Dr. Frederick “Ric” Prael was the embodiment of selfless giving, donating time and money to causes in his Whidbey Island community and beyond.