The practice of dentistry is changing and so are the economic realities of the profession. This has given rise to new business models that are challenging the traditional ways dentistry has operated. This has become known as the "corporatization of dentistry."
Even as the profession evolves, what cannot change is the focus on the patient. Patient-centred care is defined as care that "is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and [that ensures] patient values guide all clinical decisions."
Patient-Centred Care and the Business of Dentistry
document address the inherent ethical challenges of the dual role of a dentist
as a treating healthcare professional and as a business person.
includes seven principles that reinforce patient-centred care – the principles
articulate the conduct expected of registrants, reinforce owners'/ managers'
accountability for the conduct of their practices, and are broad enough to
apply to all practice arrangements. They are intended to supplement, not
subsume, the Health Professions Act and CDSBC’s Code of Ethics.