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In-Office Membership Plans

You may want to consider starting an In-Office Membership Plan in order to gain additional patients into your practice.

The COVID-19 crisis has had a major impact on our economy and on many dental practices. ADA data shows that a majority are operating at less than full pre-Covid patient capacity. You may want to consider starting an In-Office Membership Plan in order to gain additional patients into your practice.

The In-Office Membership Care Act, now allows practices to provide their uninsured patients an option for making regular dental care more affordable, and budgetable.

Uninsured patients benefit from the plans in a couple of different ways. Dental practices may offer a slight decrease in fees for preventive treatment when a patient commits to two visits each year. More significant savings will come when restorative services are needed, which may be discounted from 10% to 20%. By paying for the services up front or in monthly installments, a patient is also more likely to ​seek routine dental care, reducing the possibility of more serious, and more expensive, problems down the road.

Attached are the statutory requirements for the Illinois In-Office Membership Care Act. A toolkit about in-office plans is available on the ADA’s website. There are also industry consultants that offer assistance with creating, implementing and marketing the plans.

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