Wider insurance coverage and an improving economy will benefit the industry
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 14, 2013
The Dentists industry held steadfast during the recession, benefiting from favorable demographic trends, technological advances and mounting awareness of the importance of oral hygiene. Furthermore, private dental clinics were one of the nation's most profitable industries during the economic downturn. This profitability is partially attributed to industry operators being less dependent on reimbursement from healthcare insurers, as many patients pay for dental treatment out-of-pocket. However, better preventive care at home has somewhat suppressed revenue growth. Improved toothbrushes and formulas for toothpastes that keep teeth healthy have somewhat mitigated demand for traditional dental services. During the five years to 2013, IBISWorld expects revenue to grow an average 1.5% per year, reaching $118.8 billion. This growth includes a 3.1% increase in 2013.
Meanwhile, the cost of dental education has soared over the past five years. Weighed down with debt, dental graduates have been hindered from starting practices, which require significant capital investments. Rapid advancements in technology have also made it expensive to outfit a dental office. “These factors have led to the growth of dental practice management companies (DPMCs), large companies that provide services for multiple dental offices,” says IBISWorld Industry Analyst Sophia Snyder. Because DPMCs also buy independent practices, their growing dominance has led to industry consolidation. In the five years to 2013, the number of industry operators is estimated to increase a marginal 0.4% per year on average to 164,966. Continuous consolidation will be one of several factors that are anticipated to lift industry profit margins.
The five-year outlook for dentists is promising, with favorable demographic trends, an improving economic environment and growing access to dental insurance boosting revenue over the period. According to Snyder, “Revenue is projected to jump, as healthcare reform legislation increases the number of insured Americans.” In addition, as the job market improves, increased dental coverage from employers and rising disposable income will result in more patient visits. DMPCs will continue to penetrate the industry and grow in size as more dentists recognize the benefits of spreading costs across practices.
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This industry includes firms of health practitioners with Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM), Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Science (DDSc) degrees. Industry firms are primarily engaged in the independent practice of general or specialized dentistry or dental surgery. These practitioners operate private or group practices in their own offices (e.g. centers or clinics).
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