How does a dentist legally dismiss a patient from his or her practice?
The American Dental Association Legal Division’s publication Terminating
the Dentist-Patient Relationship: Questions & Answers offers guidelines
for dentists who want to dismiss patients. Generally, a dentist should compose a
termination letter that states the reason for dismissal and forward it to the
patient, giving him or her at least 30 days to find another dentist. The dentist
must remain available to treat any emergency conditions that may arise within
those 30 days. PDA strongly recommends that dentists consult their attorneys to
make sure the basic elements of their termination letters comply with all
special legal requirements in Pennsylvania.
Can a dentist charge patients a fee for missing appointments?
It is acceptable to charge patients a fee for missing appointments. Many
dentists post signs in their offices or print statements on appointment cards to
make their patients aware of this policy.
PDA staff is happy to answer
members’ queries about a variety of topics. If you have any questions, call
(717) 234-5941 or send an email.