HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA
I am a baby boomer. I am part of the generation that was born between 1946 and 1964. Baby boomers have the reputation for being quite independent. There are 77 million baby boomers in this country, and they have driven the marketplace since they were born. My practice has seen this over the years.
I began practicing in the early seventies when dental insurance became popular. I have seen insurance become a major force in the dental community, and I have witnessed its relative irrelevancy. I have seen the coming and goings of closed panels, department store clinics and DMOs. I have been part of the cosmetic revolution.
I feel that the key to success in today’s marketplace will be to pay attention to the “longevity” factor. The most important thing (more…)
TAO the Book Installment 10 – What patients are looking for
August 15, 2010
March 29, 2010
Yesterdays’ post had to do with showing dogs and standards. I used the words apathy and complacency to show how we have become resigned to this lowering of standards. Then it hit me…the word, “whatever” has been used so often in our culture that we have come to accept these lower standards.
As an aside, I was back at the dog show yesterday. I met with a lady who actually introduced me to the boxer breed twenty years ago. She is a judge today and the owner of some of the most gorgeous dogs in boxer history. I respect her opinion more than anyone in this field. Coincidentally in our conversation she revealed to me that she believes that before she dies she will actually judge a group of “white” boxers. This has never been accepted in the AKC. Of course we love all dogs, but dogs with potential genetic defects just don’t make the standard. Politically correct and fairness really don’t come into play when we are talking about excellence and standards. Free markets and competition is what made this country great.
March 27, 2010
There are signs everywhere. Everywhere you go these days you can see signs of a culture shift. Just this morning I attended a dog show in Edison New Jersey. I had an entry in the show, my one year old boxer puppy, Phoebe. In years past I would look at the catalog to see the competition. I noticed that just about one third to one half of the entrants were sired by dogs that had not received their championship status. Some years ago an entrant who was sired by a non-champion was an anomaly. Was a shift occurring?
The American Kennel Club (more…)