Only Half of Dentists Still Accepting Dental Insurance

Dentists Dropping Dental Insurances

Dentists are sick and tired of dental insurance companies dictating fees and treatments. Just over half of the dentists in this survey said that they had mostly or completely stopped accepting dental insurances.Dental Survey Results

“We still work with hundreds of insurance companies by filing the paperwork, etc,” said an Ohio dentist. “But by not being ‘in-network’ on any plan, we get paid for what we do.”

Dropping insurance can raise a dental practice’s bottom line, but it can also cost them patients. One-third of respondents felt that dropping insurances was not a financially realistic option for them.

Here are some more thoughts from dentists:

  • “Insurance has ruined medicine.” (New Jersey dentist)
  • “I have a brand new office and a lot of debt. Being a preferred provider for insurance companies is not ideal long-term, but it is necessary now to get people in the door.” (Indiana dentist)
  • “If I dropped insurance, I’d be cutting ties to 85% of my patient base!” (Endodontist)
  • “Those who can’t be bothered with insurance are self-serving people who have lost sight of the service part of being a professional.” (California dentist)
  • “If all dentists dropped all insurances, then ALL dentists could collect their fees in full from everyone.” (Virginia dentist)
  • “Dental insurance is a joke.” (Alaska dentist)
  • “Some of the contracted insurance patients are the most demanding and unappreciative.” (Minnesota dentist)
  • “We have no contract with any insurance companies. It is a great benefit to have control of our fee structure.” (General dentist)
  • “I have dropped all insurance plans, and patients pay us first. However, we will fill out paperwork and fight for the patient to get the benefits they are owed.” (Washington dentist)
  • “Free At Last!!” (Minnesota dentist)
Post your own thoughts on dental insurance, or check out the full survey results to read stories of dentists who have successfully dropped insurances.

About Julie Frey

+Julie Frey is the Editor of blog. She has dedicated her career to Internet marketing and communications, working side-by-side with dental marketing guru Jim Du Molin since 2006. She has a degree in Linguistics from Stanford University, has a passion for language and writing, and lives in San Francisco.


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