Dental survey: Dentists Detest Dental Insurance

Dentists Detest Dental Insurance

Clear Majority of Dentists Are Eager to Organize Against Insurance Companies

Dental Survey ResultsWhen a recent Wealthy Dentist survey asked dentists if they would like to see their colleagues organize against dental insurance companies, the answer was a resounding “Yes!” from fully 94% of respondents.

Dentists’ primary complaint is that insurance payouts have not kept up with inflation. “When I entered private practice in 1970, Chevron was the first to offer dental benefits, with a maximum payout of $1000. Now twenty-eight years later, the norm for maximum payouts is still $1000. The premiums for dental coverage have continued to go up, but not the maximum benefit payout,” said a Mississippi dentist. “There is something badly wrong with this discrepancy.”

Here are some more dentist comments:

  • “$1000 has been the maximum for 20 years. That’s not right.” (General dentist)
  • “In my 40 years as hygienist and dentist, I have seen the annual allowance stay the same ($1000-1200) with no increase in benefits and more paperwork and restrictions—totally absurd!” (Indiana dentist)
  • “If we all (dentists) combined our veto power, insurance companies would have to respond by raising the annual benefit. The customary benefit of $1,000 is laughable. That worked in 1960, but not in 2008.” (Massachusetts dentist)
  • “It’s a benefit, not insurance. If dental insurance had to be true insurance, it would skyrocket the price or devastate our fees.” (North Carolina dentist)
  • “Best to leave the organizing to the ADA.” (Washington endodontist)
  • “Dental insurance is a myth. It is more like a ‘gift card’ with many exclusions.” (New Jersey dentist)
  • “We need to educate our patients that Dental and Medical Insurances are totally different animals. Patients have become so accustomed to the Medical Insurance model that they expect low co-pays and no out-of-pocket expenses.” (Georgia dentist)
  • “If patients really analyze the costs of dental insurance, they would see that in most cases it is better to self-insure.” (Texas dentist)
  • I would have chosen another profession had I known the dental insurances were going to dictate so much of my profession.” (California dentist)
  • “Insurance companies have actually called my patients telling them to go elsewhere!” (New Jersey dentist)
  • “Most companies mislead patients and make the dentist look like the villain!” (New Jersey dentist)
  • “It’s a nightmare that profits only insurance CEOs.” (New York dentist)

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