Many of you already know my position on WDS and the recent changes. It has been said that I “have it made” or “have made my money” or that “it is not your fight or going to affect you” or that “great for you to preach and say things when we are the ones living and practicing today.” I guess I have caused some resentment or suspicion of my motives for my writings and statements about WDS and the profession. I am and always have been passionate about the profession and it is unfortunate if this was the reaction. If so, happily this may very well be my final rant on the subject. However, for credibility’s sake, I must point out that I have lived through 3rd party intrusive attempts twice in my 33 years in practice AND that I am still in practice half time. So, I am still affected by all of this, but also have perspectives derived from years in the game that I hoped to make more valuable, more worth my struggles in obtaining them, by sharing them. Being threatened over a longer time span by WDS, I can understand the above reactions by those with more “time-skin-in-the-game” than myself, but discounting a message often is a strategy to lessen the distress the message may cause. But does that serve us very well?
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In an effort to offer our members a convenient place to congregate prior to the WDS Special Meeting on November 11th, the WSDA will provide a free lunch buffet from Noon to 2:30pm. Non-WSDA members are welcome.
WDS has begun sending letters to its member dentists informing them of the Special Meeting as a result of the recently circulated petition. The Special Meeting will take place on Friday, November 11, at 2pm, in the Grand 2-3 Conference Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport. WDS is requesting that members arrive 45 minutes in advance to accommodate the credentialing process. Photo ID is required and only WDS members in “good standing” will be allowed to attend.
Washington Dental Service, the state’s largest dental insurer, has slashed payments to dentists for the first time in its history, saying it needs to make dental insurance more affordable for businesses. But dentists say the cuts may force compromises in patient care.