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Letters: Weighing in on DSOs

September 01, 2014 Regarding the My View on dental support organizations ("From Bungalow To Big Box," July 14 ADA News), the main reason for their success is financial. When I graduated from dental school in 1961, I had little to no debt and could walk into any bank in my area to borrow as much money as I needed to open my office. Coming out of dental school today $150,000 to $250,000 in debt, no bank will lend the recent graduate money to open his/her own practice or to purchase part of an older dentist's practice. Thus, these young graduates are forced to work for dental service organizations or federally qualified health centers to pay off their debt so that they can open or purchase a practice.

Edwin S. Mehlman, D.D.S.
Warren, Rhode Island