Dentist Quotas? No Way, Say Dentists

Dentists oppose patient quotasDentists were not happy about Invisalign’s rules for dentists, but fortunately, Invisalign dropped its dentist requirements mandating patient quotas in order to offer the popular alternative to braces.

But New York state reacted with proposed legislation to ban dentist treatment quotas. Though the bill does not identify Invisalign by name, it would prohibit manufacturers from setting dental patient quotas for dentists who wish to offer the manufacturer’s product.

So we asked dentists if they thought their state should pass similar legislation. In response, 60% said yes, manufacturers should not be permitted to set quotas. But 40% said no, legislation is not the answer.

Here are some comments from dentists:

  • “We have too many laws already. Invisalign has already been punished by losing sizeable market share. This is the way capitalism and free markets are supposed to work.” (Georgia dentist)
  • “Invisalign can do whatever they want. It’s a free market. Besides, I do orthodontics and don’t even offer Invisalign to my patients because there are better alternatives for both patients and dentists such as braces and Inman aligners.” (Alaska dentist)
  • “Good grief. When is ‘regulation’ the answer? As dentists, we are where we are due to the fact that we are the smartest and brightest. Act like it! You’ve got a brain, use it.” (Texas pediatric dentist)
  • “Quotas are inherently morally wrong. It implies treatment planning to meet contract obligations and not patient needs.” (Florida dentist)

Read more – Dental Patient Quotas: Dentists Favor Legislation Banning Treatment Restrictions


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