Having spent many years working as a Dental Practice Management Consultant, I have encountered many team members who struggle with explaining fees. There still appears to be a perception in the general community (among patients and dental team members alike) that Dentistry is expensive. Here is a list of a few interesting comparisons to consider:
- The average amount Women spend on hairstyles – $130 every 6 – 8 weeks ($1, 040 per year)
- The average Gym membership – $75 per month ($900 per year + joining fees)
- A bottle of wine per week – $10 – $30 per week ($520 – $1, 560 per year)
- Artificial fingernails – $40 per fortnight ($1, 040 per year)
- Pay TV – approximately $110 per month ($1, 320 per year)
- Preventive care – approximately $250 every six months ($500 per year) – less insurance rebates!
There are many more comparisons you can draw. Perhaps try this exercise at your next team meeting to demonstrate some comparisons for typical items purchased on a regular basis. It will help concerned team members understand that Dentistry is not expensive when you compare it to other items we typically spend money on and it is a fun exercise too!