Published on Apr 2, 2012
Out of state special interests are spending big money in North Carolina.
They want to force your local dentist out of business.
And put in big, for profit, investor-owned corporate
That will mean lower quality of care for your family.
And higher profits for them.
Tell the legislature to say no to out of state corporate dentistry.
And to support your local dentist.
Pass Senate bill 655.
A) NC Board of Elections, AADC PAC organization and 2011 YE reports
B) "They (dental management companies) also require dentists sometimes to sign non-competes that do two things. If you cancel our contract, you can't sign another one for a year or two. And the worst one is, if you cancel our management contract, you can't practice dentistry in your town for one, two, three, four years."
Ken Burgess, NC Board of Dental Examiners, Testimony before the House Select Committee on Dentistry Management Arrangement Limits, March 7, 2012
C) Tax money for unneeded braces goes to hedge funds
(WFAA.com, June 8, 2011)
D) Wall Street Ownership Dentistry Means Drive for Better Profit Margins, More Hours for Dentists and Poorer Care as a Result
(New York Post, 8/27/10)
"Financially, dental is the old-fashioned piece of the healthcare industry. Most practitioners still work outside a management practice and more than 80 percent work with, at most, one other dentist. Most importantly to private-equity firms, it is one of healthcare's last bastions of fee-based services, according to the American Dental Association. Financial consultant Tom Climo said 89 percent of dental services, including preventative care, are covered by insurance, with patients only paying for oral and cosmetic surgery. Healthcare reform that is cutting into reimbursement for medical doctors is not affecting dentists, he said."