Disruption of the dental industry - January 2015

Bite magazine

"The problem with preferred providers"
Freelance journalist: Chris Sheedy
1000 words

It makes sense that some dental practice owners might be tempted into accepting a preferred provider offer from a private health insurance company, says Julie Parker, co-founder of Julie Parker Dental Management. From a personal point of view, Parker says, she completely understands why this might happen. Some dental practice owners are feeling the pinch. Some are seeing less patients coming through their doors thanks to an environment of increased competition. She understands the motivation that might encourage a practice owner to become a preferred provider for an insurance company. But at the same time, Parker says, she is concerned about the damage the preferred provider model is doing to the dental industry.