One of the biggest challenges that plagues most dental offices is downtime in the hygiene schedule. Even now when there is increased access to contact patients through email, text messages, holes may still remain in the hygiene schedule. This is a common problem that requires a common solution.
It's that time of year again when patients are cancelling appointments due to illness and staff are calling in sick. When your employee comes to work sick, she can infect the rest of the team by lunch time. It is important to have a long-term plan to protect your business during the flu season as well as in the event of a pandemic. It is also recommended that employers have a policy and guidelines that deal specifically with seasonal cold and flu season. Here are some of the things that should be in the policy include:
If you are anything like me, it is with great trepidation that I have entered into the world social media, likely because I don’t understand most of it. In dentistry we go to great lengths to protect the privacy of our patients, and yet they post every tiny detail of their lives on Facebook or Twitter and often there is too much detail. Even though I am chronologically enriched, I have had to admit that the new reality is that social media is not a fad, it is here to stay.
Are you aware of the fact that income taxes and probate fees could reduce the value of your estate by up to half? While Canada does not impose death or inheritance taxes, generally your capital assets are considered to have been sold upon your death unless you leave these assets to a surviving spouse on a “rollover basis”. The income tax implications of this deemed disposition can be severe, and depending on your beneficiaries and the province in which you reside, probate fees may be assessed on your estate to further erode your legacy. Life insurance, often viewed solely to provide for dependants in the event of an untimely death, can provide an effective way of preserving your wealth for the benefit of your heirs.
The prospect of needles and drills leaves you sweating in the chair at your dentist’s office. You’re too worried to consider who will look after your interest if something goes terribly wrong. But legal and ethical experts say you may have cause for concern.