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?
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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.
I believe it would be appropriate for WSDA’s legal counsil to cite the law with specific references to the extent to which dentist may speak to one another and (or) with practice consultants regarding fees and fee structures. In this instance misunderstanding of the law could result in prosecution or alternatively a major change in the practice of dentistry as we know it. I don’t understand how simply speaking about ones fee structure to a college could violate anti-trust law. That sounds like freedom of speech to me, not necsicarily price fixing. Some clarity from our leadership would be appreciated.
“This was a tremendous struggle for us to accommodate within our internal processes,” said Inge. “One of the issues that we had, was that Washington Dental Service was paying higher fees for services than some of our competitors.”