COSTA MESA, California--CareCredit is commemorating its 20-year anniversary.
Established in 1987, at the request of dentists, CareCredit was initially offered to practices to help their patients pay for new implant technology. During the next two decades, insurance benefits remained static while technology rapidly advanced and the cost of dentistry increased.
This made CareCredit, one of North America's leading patient payment programs, even more beneficial for both general and cosmetic treatment. Today, every minute 7 patients apply for CareCredit to help them get the care they want and need, from crowns and implants to dentures and full-mouth smile makeovers.
"Twenty years ago, I started to offer CareCredit because my philosophy is that every one of my patients should be given the opportunity and ability to accept my best care recommendations," explains Dr. Gary Weiner, the first doctor to enroll in the CareCredit program in 1987. "I believe CareCredit has contributed to the growth of dentistry. On average, I do about 20 percent more treatment than I would without CareCredit."
Dr. Weiner currently has a private practice in Inglewood, Calif., with 17 operatories and a large and loyal patient base.
"For 20 years, CareCredit has had the honor and privilege of serving dentists and their patients. Our commitment to helping patients access the care they need and want has been unwavering through the years, and was most recently reinforced by our $100,000 donation to the ADA Foundation, as the Founding Donor to the newly established Give Kids A Smile Year-Round Access to Care Fund. This Fund will kick off the expansion of support for other worthy Give Kids A Smile programs throughout the year and provide even greater access to care for children," said Michael J. Testa, CareCredit president.