As patients’ financial anxieties arise the stress is leading them to defer dental appointments and treatment, with one in four adults opting to delay treatment due to costs. The economic downturn is one of the main culprits, with the recession obliging patients to stay away from the dentist. However, achieving short-term money savings at the expense of longer-term health problems really isn’t wise.
Preventive dentistry delivered on a regular basis greatly reduces the risk of dental disease and provides a platform for a lifetime of improved oral health. With this in mind we have our Payment Plan to reward loyal patients, keeping them dentally fit and reducing the need for future treatment.
Patients don’t have to be considered dentally fit to join the plan which covers regular dental health examinations and hygienist appointments each year, with the added benefit of the 10% discount on additional treatment. This will save patients a considerable amount of money in the future.
While we already had a loyal patient base, our dental plan also builds patient loyalty. Having a payment plan makes patients feel that their interests are being looked after, and that they are being provided with a means of budgeting for their oral care which they can then access on a regular basis.
We became aware that patients would come in for a dental check-up but then wouldn’t take up the option of a hygiene visit, unusual behaviour for our patients and obviously due to external factors. One reason behind this is most likely the current economic downturn. We needed a mechanism to help encourage regular attendance and a payment plan seemed like an ideal solution.
– Integrated Dentalcare Team