Let’s get straight to the point. Yes, a dental hygienist can be an independent contractor, but if only he/she appropriately follows the rules.
Almost every business has felt the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, but perhaps none more than dental practices. In fact, a few days ago, the American Dental Association (ADA) initiated a campaign to urge Congress to address dentistry, in the coming round of COVID-19 relief legislation.
The spread of COVID-19 is having an earth-shattering impact on most businesses, and dental practices have not been lucky either. Many are restricting their practice to emergency and urgent cases only, while others are opting to remain closed for several weeks until normalcy returns. Some states have closed dental practices entirely. According to California’s Dental Association president, Dr. Richard Nagy, such regulations and decisions are meant to ensure that dentists and their staff, as well as their patients, are safe from Coronavirus disease.
One question patients have, even in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic, is whether dental care can ever be affordable or accessible to everyone? Their uncertainty towards this issue is supported by the fact that a majority of dental practices have followed the market trends and hiked their prices.
Not having access to affordable dental treatment impacts many people’s lives in ways that stretch far beyond having the perfect Hollywood smile. From an increase in developing serious diseases and worsening already-present health conditions to being socially-stigmatized and less likely to find work, the lack of economical dentistry in the United States further widens the gap between rich and poor in our society.
One of the best ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus and protect your dental practice is to determine whether patients are possibly carrying the virus before you treat them. Until a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, the most effective method of reducing your risk of developing the disease is to avoid coming into contact with anyone already infected.
Businesses, dental businesses included, love nothing more than stability. Well, they do enjoy profits; however, those come when markets are predictable and consistent, and where business owners can accurately plan for a future that is plainly laid out before them.
With the coronavirus spreading so rapidly, it’s only a matter of time before your area is affected. When it is, have you thought about how your dental practice is going to deal with it? Are you better off continuing to run your business and treat patients? Or is it best to close your doors and wait until the outbreak is under control?
With coronavirus cases and deaths rising by the hour, it’s only natural that patients will be extremely concerned about having dental work done at this time. While we recommend delaying non-urgent treatments, some patients might consider postponing treatment they really need until the pandemic is under control. This could result in your patients suffering intense pain and ultimately creating bigger problems for themselves in the future.
COVID-19 is spreading rapidly throughout the world. According to the World Health Organization, the mortality rate for the coronavirus is currently 3.4%. The disease has already killed more than 6,100 people and if it continues to escalate, the consequences could be devastating for everyone.
Even though the markets partially recovered right before the weekend, more extreme fluctuations are expected due the COVID-19. Hundreds of American workers have already lost jobs over the past week, as the coronavirus epidemic starts to take a more profound toll on the global economy, and brings more organizations to a standstill. With that in mind, do you think your dental job is secure?