dental care practices should be moving to a subscription model

Why Does Dental Membership Matter?

Consider that only around 52% of adults visit the dentist as recommended, and half of those who don’t visit haven’t done so in years. Navigating the landscape of dental care in the United States can be daunting, marked by high costs and limited accessibility that hinder many Americans from achieving optimal oral health.

This neglect often stems from a need for more awareness regarding the integral connection between oral health and overall well-being. Many individuals fail to grasp how dental issues like cavities can escalate into more significant medical problems that impact digestion, brain function, and heart health. Thus, the need for accessible and affordable dental care transcends mere aesthetics; it’s a vital component of a healthy life.

Enter Subscription Care, a transformative solution reshaping healthcare access, funding, and experiences by eliminating payment intermediaries and streamlining care access. Join us as we explore how this innovative healthcare model can address the prevalent challenges in dental care today.

Challenges in Traditional Dental Care

Quality dental care is fundamental to overall health and well-being. Yet, many Americans face significant barriers to accessing these essential services. Several challenges contribute to poor dental health outcomes, such as:

Limited Access: Many Americans, particularly those from low-income or rural areas, face barriers to dental care due to geographic location, transportation issues, and a shortage of dental providers. For example, individuals living in rural areas may need to travel long distances to reach the nearest dentist, making it difficult to access regular dental check-ups and treatments.

Cost: Dental care costs can be prohibitive for many individuals, leading them to delay or forgo necessary dental treatments. High out-of-pocket expenses, lack of insurance coverage, and complex policies contribute to this problem. This delay in seeking dental care, in turn, can escalate dental issues, adversely impacting overall health. An American Dental Association (ADA) study showed that cost is the primary reason for avoiding dental care among adults aged 19-64. Almost 60% of adults surveyed who had not visited the dentist within the past twelve months cited high cost. This statistic aligns with our survey of US employers, which showed that among individual respondents with dental insurance, 44% admitted postponing dental visits due to cost and inconvenience, highlighting the significance of cost considerations in accessing dental care.

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Disparities in Oral Health: Certain demographic groups, such as racial and ethnic minorities, older adults, and individuals with lower socioeconomic status, experience higher rates of dental disease and poorer oral health outcomes compared to the general population. Notably, nearly¬†half of Medicare beneficiaries don’t have dental coverage. Medicare does not cover routine dental services such as dental exams, cleanings, and X-rays. Dental coverage is often linked to an already covered medical treatment such as heart surgery or hospitalization. As such, Medicare beneficiaries must seek dental insurance for regular dental care separately. These disparities highlight the need for targeted efforts to address inequities in access to dental care and improve oral health outcomes among vulnerable populations.

Lack of Preventive Care: The cultural emphasis on restorative rather than preventive dental care exacerbates oral health issues. Additionally, the cost and accessibility constraints mentioned above often result in individuals forgoing preventive care due to uncertainty about coverage. Many individuals do not receive regular dental check-ups or preventative treatments, leading to the progression of dental problems. This lack of preventive care not only increases the risk of developing dental issues but also contributes to broader health problems such as cardiovascular disease.

These challenges underscore the need for innovative solutions like dental memberships to address gaps in traditional dental care delivery and improve access to oral health services. Let’s delve into this innovative model that promises a redefined approach to oral healthcare.

The Rise of Dental Memberships

The ascent of dental memberships signifies a paradigm shift in oral healthcare, evolving into a subscription-based model gaining traction among patients and employer sponsors. Central to this shift is recognizing that regular dental check-ups are pivotal in preventive care and key to averting potential issues before they escalate. This preventative approach aligns with the ethos of Subscription Care, emphasizing the profound impact of consistent and comprehensive dental care on overall health.

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Dental memberships offer a revolutionary departure from traditional models by introducing cost predictability. This budget-friendly approach benefits individuals and employers, providing clarity and financial ease in planning dental care needs.

Crucially, these memberships extend coverage beyond traditional insurance’s limitations. They embrace a holistic view, encompassing preventive care with routine check-ups and proactively negotiating prices for specific dental care services. Additionally, integrating primary care physicians (PCP) with dentists through membership bundles under the Subscription Care umbrella is a cost-effective strategy that reinforces positive integral health outcomes.

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The Accresa Advantage

Accresa’s Subscription Care platform is a game-changer for dental care. It makes dental memberships an attractive option through:

Streamlined Payments: Accresa simplifies the entire payment process for dental care, offering a consolidated platform that brings unparalleled access to employer sponsors and their employees. This streamlined approach reduces administrative burdens for dental practices and enhances the overall efficiency of dental care management.

Customizable Plans: Accresa offers a level of customization that is truly transformative. Employers and individuals can tailor dental membership plans to match their unique needs. This flexibility is particularly beneficial because it acknowledges the diverse requirements of different demographics. The introduction of membership bundles within this customizable framework further enhances the attractiveness of Accresa’s offerings ensuring that individuals have access to a comprehensive range of healthcare services.

Efficient Enrollment: This is another standout feature of the Accresa platform, which makes onboarding a seamless process for employers, dental practices, and patients alike. This streamlined approach ensures that individuals can swiftly access the benefits of dental memberships.

A dental practice can maximize value through membership plans that efficiently implement recurring renewals, increase revenue, and promote treatment acceptance. With affordable dental memberships, you create an attractive option for patients without dental benefits, boost loyalty, and overcome the financial effects of under-reimbursement for those with coverage.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, the dental care landscape is undergoing a transformative shift, with dental memberships emerging as a pivotal solution. As dental practices and plan sponsors navigate this evolution, Accresa stands as a steadfast partner, simplifying dental care, enhancing the efficiency of dental practices, and fostering a healthier future for all.

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