What do you do when potential patients can’t afford dental care? One survey reports that in a single year, the number of people eligible for dental insurance decreased 5.7%. Perhaps their income is too low to afford self-pay, they can’t acquire PPO or HMO plans, or their employee benefit package doesn’t include dental insurance coverage. Everyone needs dental care to prevent serious conditions like metabolic syndrome and cancer. So what can you do to help?
Dental offices provide various options to help low-income families. Does your office implement any of these suggestions to increase your patient load?
Instead of having the patient pay the entire bill right away, allow monthly increments. Offering interest-free financing gives your patients a chance to pay for already-existing dental conditions as well as cosmetic procedures. Your patients won’t be intimidated by large dollar signs that they see at the outset; they are more likely to accept bite-size monthly sums.
Make sure low-income patients know if they qualify for government-sponsored programs, namely Medicaid or State Aid. Many children in particular can apply for dental coverage with CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). Adult policies vary from state to state.
Set a Sliding Scale
Offer your patients a plan that is tailored to fit their income. That way, they’ll pay according to what they can afford. But if you do choose to incorporate this type of payment, be sure to notify local charity organizations, those committed to improving the community. Many people search for sliding scale practices through these charitable organizations. Make sure you get the word out!
Offer a Discount Plan
You can provide a yearly membership plan that rewards participants discounts for dental work throughout the year. They can pay a yearly membership sum that gives them anywhere from 15-60% off.
We want to do our best to keep your dental practice as affordable as possible. That’s why we provide low-cost dental imaging accessories such as imaging plates, barrier envelopes, and dental cassette repair. Call 800-528-6311 for a free quote and full listing of our products. Good luck with your patient reach!