POOF! And your dentist has vanished into thin air!

@cyberfluf (5004)
Netherlands
January 13, 2009 6:02am CST
For the people who don't want to read the full lenght discussion; take a head start and read my questions first so you can scan the story or read it globally : Has this ever happened to you; a caregiver, shop or person moving away without telling you? And how did you find out? I was wondering why I didn't get a letter or a call by my dentist because it was about that time a year to get my half annual check up. Time had passed and I was starting to get a bit worried, so I googled the name of the practice and I found a newsline of the area my dentist used to practice. Due to the fact the practice has repeatedly not paid rent for over a period of 8 months, judge has decided the practice needs to find a new building and can no longer proceed their practice as a part of this healthcenter. We are sorry to loose the service of dental care, but due to these circumstances this is all for the best. Clients in need of instant dental care can contact the local society for dental care as we have worked out an agreement for them to help the clients untill a new building is found. I was shocked! I never got a letter or a phonecall about this and this was dated october last year! Unless you live in this area or check their website out often, you wouldn't know your dentist is out of bussiness for a longer period of time. I think it's one thing not paying your rent, I can't judge why they did that, but it does bother me I never got some sort of notification from this after allmost two and a half months. Luckily I am not in need of care straight away, but if I hadn't run into this message online I wouldn't have known where to turn to. I am switching dentists because there is no information on how long this may take and whether they will het back in bussiness, and also a bit because I feel like they have not made an effort on informing their clients properly.
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@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
18 Jan 09
It never happened to me. In Malta distances are very short and people are known. So if someone gets out of buisness, the news is spread through word of mouth. I hope that you manage to get the services of a better dentist.
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@cyberfluf (5004)
• Netherlands
19 Jan 09
That's a good thing, unfortunatly we don't have it here and it's all about the distances and people becoming more individually orientated. A coworker told me that there has been a newsletter about it, but it was only spread in the block where the dentists practice was. I live about 4 blocks away and I never got to hear it! They should've send it to all their clients and not just the people around the corner. Luckily I managed to get another dentist and I will be able to go for my check up soon, I hope she's a nice woman and does her job well. I am lucky to have find a new dentist this fast. Thanks for responding!
@baileycows (3668)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Ummm No! My dentist is not shady and is well known in the community. He is also very active. Sounds like he had another habit of some sort if he couldnt pay his rent. You know it always amazes me the things that stupid professionals do. I mean when you get a Doctorate, lawyer, or dentist and your making that kind of money why would you want to go and screw that up? People work really hard for measely pennies and they are making thousands a day. Ugh! Stupidity.
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@cyberfluf (5004)
• Netherlands
13 Jan 09
I agree, and even if you can't afford it be open about it to your clients that you are going to look for a more suitable place to practice your dental works. And the worst thing is there were no signs what so ever that could've made me or other people feel like something shady or wrong was going on. When you have a job like this you owe it to your clients to be open and honest, that's why I wouldn't feel comfortable in the dental chair even if they'd open up a new practice; and luckily I have been able to switch dentist very soon. Fingers crossed that this dentist doesn't go poof aswell . It's so stupid, it's on the edge of becoming funny .