News From The Wealthy Dentist #103: July 2, 2008
Editorial: Jim Du Molin
VA hospitals and clinics provide US veterans with medical and dental care. In using government funds, they are
legally committed (or at least, they’re supposed to be) to “Buy American” when it comes to medical products. But Ohio station WBNS (the same folks who uncovered the lead scandal) report that, when it comes to dental prosthetics, lots of vets are getting foreign-made work.
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Survey Results: Patient Stealing
Dentists Complain of Employees Who Steal Patients
In our most recent survey, nearly half of dentists reported that they had had problems with “patient-stealing” by associate dentists or employees who had left their practice. “A Financial Coordinator worked for 5 weeks with us. Every patient she scheduled never showed,” said one dentist. “She was calling my patients from her cell phone and diverting them to her previous employer.”
Misplaced Dental Tools Bad for Overall Health
Dental Patient Dies After Tools Dropped Down Throat
A Florida man died after his dentist accidentally dropped tools down his throat – twice! In 2006, the doctor dropped a medical screwdriver down the 90-year-old patient’s throat. The tool had to be removed via colonoscopy. Then, in 2007, the dentist accidentally dropped a torque wrench down his
throat. The man was hospitalized and died 50 days later from complications. Click to continue…
What’s on My Bookshelf
A Primer on Business Ethics by James Chesher
Providing a general overview of business ethics along with specific examples, this book shows how ethical behavior and success can go hand-in-hand. Author Chesher examines the issue from a libertarian perspective, so not all will agree with his conclusions.
Want to get the book?
Also in the News…
- Abano Healthcare Makes Move on Australia’s Dental Market
- Dentist Gets Prison for Body Parts Scheme
- Five-Year-Old Indian Boy Dies During Root Canal; ‘Inept Dentist’ Blamed
- Victor Emerges in Battle of the Dentists (NY Times)
- “The Singing Office” TV Show Visits 1-800-DENTIST
- Two Out of Three Dentists Would Recommend a Dental Career
- Specialists Usually Refer Patients Back, Report Dentists
- Dentists Most Concerned about Lead in Dental Work
- Majority of Dentist Respondents Have Owned a Sports Car
- Dentists Worried About Bisphenol-A in Composite and Sealants
Previous Editorial Highlights…
- Dental Practice Facilities: Is Bigger Really Always Better?
- Are Dentists Liable for Lead in Dental Products?
- FDA Finally Takes a Stand on Mercury… Sort Of
- Dental News Highlights: From the Hilarious to the Humiliating
- US Government Gets a “D” for Handling of Lead in Dental Products
- ADA Left Holding the Bag as Government Remains Mum on Lead Scandal