Do you/have you "shopped" for medical/dental care?

Tue 12 Nov, 2013 09:48 am
I brought my younger girl to a new orthodontist. We have moved and her previous one is almost a 20 minute drive. Now she hadn't received care - simply monitoring for braces.

Now she is close to when they can provide braces - just one baby tooth that is ready to come out soon. I took her to a local one - suggested by her dentist. The cost for 20 - 24 months of care came to $6,100 (before dental insurance which only covers $1,500).

This is higher than my older daughter who required 18 months of treatment - hers was $5,400 - I called my previous orthodontist and they couldn't give an estimate - but I can of course bring her in.

My question - do you or would you shop around for this? Obviously quality of care is important as well - but would you/have you?
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Tue 12 Nov, 2013 11:24 am
Of course I would.

this is a lot of money.
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Tue 12 Nov, 2013 11:54 am
Yes, I have and would do so again. In fact, I'm on the hunt for another dentist as we speak.
Wed 8 Oct, 2014 09:35 am
Just if anyone cares -- I finally got a second opinion. I brought my younger one to the orthodonist where my older daughter went. It is now a bit out of our way, but let them know my situation -- I thought the local one -- in my current town quoted us too high.

He quoted $500 less. So about $5,600 vs. $6,100 and I might be able to squeeze out a sibling discount even though my older daughter is out of braces, she is still coming in for retainer checks so in theory she is still an active patient. I get final quote next week. Hopefully the xrays confirm and since I have had previous experience with this orthodonist and his quote for my older daughter was pretty much what were we ultimately charged, I can have some confidence.

Damn kids are expensive.
Charles Brown
Wed 29 Oct, 2014 05:04 am
Agree with Linkat. Just go for a second opinion. And though kids are expensive they only get a certain amount of permanent teeth, take care of them. If your dentist or her dental tech starts clucking over your teeth, get a second opinion or a third, or fourth.
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