Are You a Dissident Dentist?
We embrace the name dissident given to us by Delta’s lawyer
and will proudly (and literally) wear that name as a badge of honor. Would you like to join us?
We are excited to announce that WSDA is now selling apparel in honor of all the dissident dentists out there. We have shortened the phrase to one word: DISSIDENTIST
. Consistent with the Oxford definition, we define DISSIDENTIST
as “a dentist who opposes official policy, especially that of an authoritarian state.”
You can now purchase your DISSIDENTIST gear online
. All proceeds will support our ongoing litigation.
Browse DISSIDENTIST Apparel
The company began with the simple idea of providing pre-paid dental care to union members’ children who might not otherwise have access. Over the last 65 years, that small startup has grown into today’s Delta Dental of Washington, a company covering nearly two-thirds of patients enrolled in private dental benefit plans in the state.
The WSDA News Spring Issue cover story explores the history of Delta Dental and how its relationships with its member dentists and the Washington State Dental Association have changed over the years.
Editorial: How Delta Dental Behaves in the Dark
For years, WSDA member dentists have worried about how Delta Dental’s market dominance impacts their practices and the patients they serve. We now know that negative impacts of that power are being felt in the public arena as well.
Over the past 18 months, WSDA executed a public records request to obtain and review emails between Delta Dental and a former state employee, Dr. Joel Berg, who previously served as the dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry (UWSOD) (download high-resolution and low-resolution versions of some of the emails obtained through WSDA's request below). Their email exchanges shed light on how Delta Dental furthers its own interests through its “philanthropic” relationships.
Read Full Editorial
Three member dentists, along with WSDA, are taking legal action against Delta Dental of Washington.
Dentists & WSDA Take Legal Action Against Delta Dental
In a complaint filed on February 20, 2019 in King County Superior Court, Drs. Denny Bradshaw, Todd Irwin and Nathan Russell, along with the WSDA, allege that the Independent Directors of Delta's board of directors twice have unlawfully rejected bylaw amendments overwhelmingly passed by the organization’s member dentists to improve transparency into operations and make Delta more patient-focused.
The complaint also charges that Delta Dental has not held an annual meeting since November of 2016, despite the fact that such a meeting is required by both its own Bylaws and state law.