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The cost of your treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and treatment plan. We will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each of your available payment options before you begin, so that you can make the best choice for you.
Affordable Payment Options
Your smile is yours forever, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best dental care when you need it.
Our practice accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans, including Medicaid.
Our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and paperwork. We'll work with your insurance provider to make sure that your coverage meets your needs and your budget.
Please let us know if you have any questions about your insurance coverage.
Convenient Online Services
With the simple click of a mouse, our secure online service allows you to:
- View your appointment and account information any time
- Sign up for email or text appointment reminders
- Check your payment history and see current charges
- Print out flex spending reimbursement and tax receipts
If you do not have a patient login, please let us know at your next appointment, and we will gladly help you set up your own personal account.
Sliding Fee Schedule
Detroit Dental Institute, partnering with Advantage Health Centers, is committed to providing dental care to all, regardless of ability to pay. See the following questions and answers related to the sliding fee scale:
I thought that services were supposed to be free. Aren’t they?
The sliding fee schedule of discounts was developed in order to provide services at a reasonable cost, according to ability to pay. Patients often confuse this with how things work at a free clinic. Free clinics are most often funded by private foundations or churches. They provide limited services, often to a very targeted group of people, such as the homeless in a particular neighborhood, or people of similar faith and interest. Often the services are provided as part of an evangelistic outreach. Continuity of care is not usually the goal of a free clinic. It is also usually not the goal of a free clinic to provide a broad range of services. If they tried to do either of these things, the clinic would soon run out of funds, and would go out of business.
So how do I know how much I have to pay?
Detroit Dental Institute serves, among other things, as the dental department of Advantage Community Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). In this system, patients are offered services based on “ability to pay”. So how do we define ability to pay? The federal government has very specific guidelines on how we structure the sliding fees, and it is based on the federal poverty levels. These guidelines were developed to make sure that FQHC’s are sustainable, and can keep their doors open. The feds expect everyone to pay their fair share, and the fair share is determined by the federal poverty guidelines and an assessment of what it takes to keep the doors open. To determine how the federal poverty guidelines and how our fee schedule applies to you and your family, we will sit down with you to see how fees will be applied to your particular financial situation. Oftentimes, only a relatively small minimum fee is charged for basic services.
Is everything covered by the sliding fee discount schedule?
No, but most basic services are covered. An example of an uncovered service might be porcelain veneers in our dental clinic. Porcelain veneers are not covered by sliding fees for two reasons. One is that they are very expensive to perform, and the second is that they are elective procedures. The general rule of thumb is, if it is covered by Medicaid, it is covered by the sliding fee schedule. We will attempt to develop a treatment plan for you and to provide you with notice of fees before treatment is delivered, but this is not always possible.
I have a lot of bills, and I do not want to pay for the services.
No one is turned away based on ability to pay, and ability is determined by the federal poverty and sliding fee guidelines. Willingness to pay is different. Everyone has to pay his/her fair share. I believe that you will find that we work with our patients to find a solution to delivering the best care possible and to delivering a wide variety of services. Please call our office and feel free to set up a time to discuss your particular financial situation and how we can work together to provide the best care possible for you and your family.