Why do all dentists have to take same day off?

2014-06-09T00:00:00Z 2014-06-09T10:13:06Z Why do all dentists have to take same day off?By Paul Thomas nwitimes.com
June 09, 2014 12:00 am  • 

It amuses me when thinking back over the years upon the noble medical professions. The miserable hours medical doctors and their staffs put in on call so we have emergency care was and still is ever present.

It was no surprise growing up why doctors picked Wednesdays to take a day off work lest they burn out. If you were sick on Wednesdays, you went to the golf course or the ER.

The new paradigm in medicine is focusing more on profit but at the same time trying to keep patient care equal to the dollar earned. The Wednesday doctors' clubs are gone because they are in the office, and thank you.

I find it odd that dentists do not follow suit. I guess they make enough money that a four-day work week is fine for them. But gosh, do you all have to take off on Fridays? There is not a dentist to be found open for emergency calls on any Friday in Northwest Indiana.

I am happy dentists can survive on a four-day work week. They put in the hours and paid your dues to get where they are.

But would some of them alternate Fridays and Mondays off so their patients can have some place to go when we need them and they still have their four-day work week?

- Paul Thomas, Valparaiso

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