5 Ways Insurance Coverage Can Protect Your Dental Practice

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the unexpected can occur at any time. While the pandemic has been top-of-mind this year, other unforeseen events can occur and disrupt your practice.

 

You have seen first-hand how something unexpected can interfere with your ability to earn an income and treat your patients. If there were a fire, storm or earthquake that damaged your practice, would you be able to manage without income for a time?  Comprehensive insurance coverage can protect your income and dental equipment. 

 

Your dental practice is the cornerstone of your career – you need to have it up and running in order to treat your patients, maintain your staff and earn a living doing what you love. That’s why it’s critical to take steps to protect your practice against unexpected events that can jeopardize the continuity of your work.

 

And while having insurance in place is one thing, having enough coverage is equally crucial – you don’t want to be underinsured and have to cover damage, new equipment or income gaps out-of-pocket.

 

Did you know?

Should you need to make a claim due to a partial loss, you need to maintain coverage of at least 90% of your equipment’s actual cash value. In the event you don’t, you will be responsible to cover a portion of the claim amount. In fact, it is recommended to insure your equipment and leasehold improvements for 100% of their replacement cost to avoid being underinsured in the event of a loss. A representative from your dental supply company may be in the best position to provide an accurate and current value of your equipment.

 

Here are five ways the right insurance plan can protect you:

 

  • Against business interruption

 

Should your practice suffer damage from an event such as a fire, storm, vandalism or burglary, chances are you won’t be able to immediately relocate your practice – your ability to treat patients will be interrupted at least for the short-term, and possibly longer. A comprehensive insurance policy can help protect your income in the event of practice interruption, covering fixed expenses and reimbursing you for loss of income (dental or non-dental related services) up to a maximum of 12 months.

 

  • To replace or repair valuable equipment

 

You have invested a great deal in the equipment needed to effectively run your practice and treat your patients. Should your equipment unexpectedly break down or experience damage due to fire, theft, vandalism or other insured hazard, your insurance plan can repair, replace or reimburse you for the value of your equipment.

 

  • To restore or recover office contents

 

From supplies to medication, furniture to artwork, the contents of your practice are extremely valuable – and potentially quite meaningful to you personally. A comprehensive plan provides for repair of your contents – and if repair is not possible, replacement or reimbursement are offered.

 

  • To cover liability claims

 

Anything can happen on your premises. A supplier could trip and fall on your steps. A patient could suffer an allergic reaction to medication. An assistant could suffer a puncture wound. Any of these situations have the potential of resulting in a costly liability claim.

 

An insurance plan that comes with commercial general liability coverage can cover legal costs and damages if personal injury to others (or damage to a third party’s property) arises out of your dental practice.

 

  • To reconstruct patient records

 

Your patients’ records are essential for the continuity of their care and operation of your practice. Imagine if they were damaged or destroyed and you were required to recreate them? Insurance can provide coverage to reconstruct your records after a loss.

 

While COVID-19 has disrupted daily routines, life goes on – and so do the day-to-day risks that go along with it. You’ve worked your whole life to build your practice – protecting it from the unexpected is essential to keep it running smoothly.

 

CDSPI TripleGuard™ Insurance can help protect you and your practice against business interruption, loss or damage to equipment and contents, as well as liability claims. To learn more about the plan, or to adjust your current plan, contact CDSPI at 1.800.561.9401 or insurance@cdspi.com.

 

 

CDSPI TripleGuard™ Insurance is underwritten by Aviva Insurance Company of Canada.

The information provided in this article is intended for general guidance and is not a statement of contract. All coverages are subject to the terms, provisions, exclusions and conditions in the insurance contract itself.

Advisory services are provided by licensed advisors at CDSPI Advisory Services Inc. Restrictions may apply to advisory services in certain jurisdictions.

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