Private Dental Practice Ownership Is Declining

by Billy Tarpley on September 1, 2017

The ADA News (8/30, Manchir) reports that “private practice ownership for dentists is steadily declining among all age groups,” according to a column published in the September issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. The article reports that “84 percent of dentists owned practices in 2005,” and “the number fell to 80 percent by 2015,” according to “Practice Ownership Is Declining,” a column by Marko Vujicic, PhD, chief economist and vice president of the ADA Health Policy Institute. Dr. Vujicic predicts private dental practice ownership will continue to decline, noting the number of physicians who are practice owners has also dropped. “Physicians have simply adjusted and the data show employed physicians are actually quite happy,” Dr. Vujicic said.

The September issue of JADA is available at

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