No Patient Quotas
July 15, 2010
A bill banning patient quotas to market a product has passed the New York State Assembly.
The bill, A.10943, sponsored by Richard N. Gottfried, chair of the Assembly Health Committee, would stop a corporation from using quotas to market a product. The same bill is sponsored in the Senate by Carl Kruger, chair of the Senate Finance Committee. The bill is the result of a policy announced in 2009 by Align Technology requiring its providers to start a minimum of 10 Invisalign® cases annually.
NYSDA members and dentists nationwide expressed concerns about corporate intrusion in their practices, and NYSDA’s government affairs team met with New York’s elected officials to promote legislation that would ban patient quotas.
Align withdrew its requirement for provider case quotas in April, but NYSDA will focus on moving the legislation forward in New York.
“We must protect patients from corporate interference in the dentist/patient relationship,” said Dr. Michael Breault, president of NYSDA. “Despite grappling with difficult state budget issues, the Assembly made this bill a priority in its calendar and overwhelmingly supported it.”