From US News:
Increasing demand is spurring a dramatic expansion in the number of urgent care centers in the U.S. There are about 8,250 urgent care clinics throughout the country, according to the most recent estimate by the Urgent Care Association. From 2014 to 2017, about 400 to 500 new urgent care clinics opened each year,
…”Nearly half of all visits to urgent care centers result in an average charge of less than $150 – compared to the average cost of an ER visit at $2,250,”
The “Health Care Crisis” is not a crisis of care it is a crisis of affordability. Using technology to lower costs and providing care in non traditional settings will do more to improve access to care than any central command post mandating insurance coverage.
How might this look in dentistry?
- A whitening Kiosk at the mall.
- Prophy only shops with hygienists but no restorative dentistry.
- 24 hour urgent dental care clinic.
I do not know if any of these would be a good idea or even work financially. However the concept is valid. Basic care provided by para professionals at a low cost location. Then refer people to the fully trained and expensive dentist for sophisticated care when needed.