Jonathon Kimes 5-13

Corporate Takeover Revisited

In September, I wrote an article about the potential for an overwhelming corporate takeover of all industries, including dentistry. It must have struck a nerve, because I have received more comments on that article than all my other editorials combined. This is obviously an issue that many of our readers are passionate about.
Just as a conversation starter, let’s consider some of the positive things that a large scale corporate takeover of the dental field would bring. What if we all worked for the same company? An unlimited pool of knowledge from our dentist co-workers. A unified voice when asking things of our legislators, Board, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies. Buying power and influence over our suppliers. High level management support for each office location. Better interest and commission rates from our financial institutions.
What if there was another way? What if we united under a different umbrella instead of the corporate umbrella. This is, at its core, the purpose of organized dentistry. Even with the current ADA Tripartite market share (and it’s declining!), we as members still enjoy the benefits of an unlimited pool of knowledge from our dentist co-workers. A unified voice when asking things of our legislators, Board, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies. Buying power and influence over our suppliers. High level management support for each office location. Better interest and commission rates from our financial institutions. All of these “perks” are already in place! Imagine how much better it would be if we ALL unified under this system. Once again, if you’re reading this, you probably already know these things. But some of you are on the fence about renewing your membership, and all of you know someone that isn’t a member that should be. Take this information with you to your next CE meeting, your next study club, and help us unite under the better system.
By Jonathon R. Kimes, DDS
Editor, CADS

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