Weighing up NHS versus private dentistry?
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Patient Plan Direct explains how it can offer you the best of both worlds.
For many in the dental profession, it is difficult to weigh up the options when it comes to combining the kind of dentistry you want to deliver with what is realistically achievable.
This, perhaps, is most apparent in NHS practices. Here dentists are working hard to deliver excellent care to their patients. But often wonder if offering more options would benefit every aspect of being in the dental business.
The right balance
Understandably, principals express concern about making a move from NHS to private dentistry. They’re worried that they may upset patients used to subsidised treatment, affect team morale, have to invest to create a private practice ambience and buy in new equipment, and, in the long-term, lose money.
Those are all valid worries, but there is a simple answer to this problem!
Choose Patient Plan Direct’s ‘principal- or associate-only move’, until you find the right balance for you. Essentially, one dentist in your practice offers private dentistry with the support of a patient plan. All whilst the others remain working within the NHS.
It enables the team to weigh the benefits of either an all-private or mixed offering. All without losing the financial security of the UDA-based contract. Or upsetting any patients who would prefer NHS treatments.
The plans offer incredible value, designed to enable practices to adopt a low-cost, simple and transparent fee structure that enables maximum profitability. Admin charges start at just £1 per patient, including global A&E assistance, however, ultimately, you have complete flexibility and control to determine your own plans.
You get to deliver dentistry your way
All of Patient Plan Direct’s dedicated business development managers have at least 10 years’ experience working in practice. They also have hands-on experience managing successful NHS conversions. So they understand where you are coming from.
Every practice is supported during the move process, including any training that might be needed on anything associated with the transition and plan launch.
On top of that, there is a process in place to ensure the change is communicated positively to patients. It also ensures the dental team is confident in explaining the change. Offering patients the choice to stay within the NHS or to transfer to a plan-led private offering ensures there is something to meet every patient’s needs.
But it doesn’t stop there. As a relatively small corporate entity by design, our clients are not just a number. They receive a personal service beyond the move. This ensures the team feels confident and is knowledgeable enough to promote the plan to patients.
With an ongoing focus on customer care, if you call us you will always get through to a human being. There’s no annoying telephone automation system at Patient Plan Direct headquarters.
You’ve nothing to lose
With the option to ‘try before you buy’ private dentistry via Patient Plan Direct’s principal- or associate-only move, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Don’t just take our word for it…
Jim Sykes, partner and dentist at Hexham Dental Clinic, now a mixed practice, had this to say about his move into private dentistry with Patient Plan Direct: ‘My lists now are so much more relaxed. I’m seeing half as many patients and turning over the same – if not more – than I was. I feel so much more relaxed and am loving work again!’