Delta Dental of Arizona Launches New Dental Discount Card to Expand Access to Affordable Care
By Alison Bailin -
Tuesday Sep 20, 2022
Arizonans looking for an alternative way to save on health services like dental and vision care have a new option to consider, thanks to Delta Dental of Arizona.
â€œThe healthcare industry continues to evolve in ways to give patients and their providers more choice in how they work together to manage the cost of care,â€ said Michael Jones, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Arizona. â€œWe want to make sure weâ€™re doing all we can to stay innovative and give Arizonans more choice and more flexibility. We know that not everybody wants to or can take advantage of full coverage dental and vision insurance. Patient Direct gives Arizonans another way to save money on the health services they need.â€
Delta Dental of Arizonaâ€™s new Patient Direct program is not insurance. Itâ€™s a discount buying program that allows members to receive a minimum of 20% off dental services and treatments performed in-office with an Arizona-based participating dentist. Plus, there are no waiting periods and no frequency limitations on dental services. Patient Direct members are encouraged to work with their dentist to determine the best course of treatment for their oral health needs. With Patient Directâ€™s large dental network (over 1,600 access points throughout Arizona), visiting a participating dentist is easy and affordable.
In addition to the 20% discount on dental services and treatment, Patient Direct members can save on eye exams, eyeglasses, contacts, LASIK and more through a partnership with EyeMed Vision Care. As enrollment in the program grows, the list of discounts and offers on other health services will grow too.
â€œThis new program is ideal for retirees on fixed incomes, gig workers or young professionalsâ€”really anyone who isnâ€™t getting dental or vision insurance from their employer or an individual plan,â€ Jones said. â€œWe often hear that the primary reason people donâ€™t take care of their health is because of cost concerns, so we made sure to keep the monthly rate for Patient Direct low, about the price of a blended coffee.â€