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Supply Chain Lessons From High-Tech Teeth

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Ariella
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Re: dollars and" sense"
Ariella   11/12/2012 3:17:59 PM
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@Barbara yes, for dentists it would only pay if they do so many caps that they would recoup the costs in whatever timeframe is acceptable to them. From the customer's end, the advantage wouldn't be saving money but saving time if one doesn't wnt to have to wait a week or more to be done with the cap.

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Re: dollars and" sense"
Barbara Jorgensen   11/12/2012 3:11:17 PM
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Ariella: Yes, I asked my dentist what the equipment cost and it's in excess of $100K. Big investment. I'm not sure it will bring costs to the patient down but at least it seems in parity with other options.

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Ariella   11/12/2012 10:54:18 AM
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@Barbara When I first needed a cap, I had to wait a few weeks to get it because the dentist -- here in NY -- favored a lab in California. When another dentist ordered the cap for me, he had it in just a few days because he used a closer lab. So that was much better for me. I don't know if all dentists will invest in the equipment to have the caps done on site, but it is an appealing option. With my insurance, the contract amount limits what the dentist is allowed to charge members. The dentist may put down $1000, but if the insurance only allows for $600, then that's all the dentist can collect, and the patient does not have to make up any difference beyond the obligatory 20 or 50 percent and deductible. 

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Innovation impacts supply chain
Eldredge   11/11/2012 8:11:53 PM
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@Barbara - Interesting article - and you point out how innocation impacts the supply chain, and the supply chain must adapt to accommodate and maintain a place by providing value.

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SP   11/9/2012 9:27:24 PM
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Yes in US you pay a good amount from the pocket even if you have the insurance and also that you can go to specific practitioner only those are associated with the insurance provider. There was a big talk on US Healthcare system. But then noone can doubt the quality of healthcare that you get in US.

 Canadian healthcare system is more attractive. Wish that is there all over the world.

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Re: dollars and" sense"
Barbara Jorgensen   11/9/2012 3:34:01 PM
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@SCOT: So far, the cost to me has been the same, but keep in mind I have insurance that pays a portion of what the company deems as an acceptable cost. In other words, insurance says $XXX is what the dentist should charge and they'll pay 50% of $XXX. Dentists can either stay within those guidelines or charge their patients more. So far my out of pocket expenses have been the same. But I do joke with my dentist that he gives me a volume discount because of all the dental work I have done.

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Barbara Jorgensen   11/9/2012 3:28:02 PM
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Douglas -- thanks so much! I try to find a theme every week, and your blogs are relevant to every one I've come up with so far. I love it when things work the way they are supposed to :-)

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dollars and" sense"
FLYINGSCOT   11/9/2012 2:08:43 PM
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@Barb.  Did this high tech crown process result in a less expensive crown or is the dentist charging the same as the old route?  I suppose if the laser system costs a gazillion then it still might be a very expensive procedure as he amortizes its cost.

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Break even point?
Douglas Alexander   11/9/2012 1:52:01 PM
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@Barbara, can you ask you dentist to tell you how many crowns the machine has to make to reach the break even point? If it is significantly low, then he can eventually reduce his fees for crowns and word of mouth will increase his customer base. If it is really high, then he gets high marks for foresight and concern for his customer's time and schedules. This will also garner him more business. Either way, he wins. Smart guy and savvy businessman.

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Weekly email for EBN summary
Douglas Alexander   11/9/2012 1:41:13 PM
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@Barbara, I just wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge what a great job you are doing with the regular summary email notifications. Your grasp of each contributor's blogs is precise and adept. I look forward to reading your summaries as much as reading the blogs themselves. You are doing a brilliant job on this effort.



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