BREAKING NEWS: Call for General Dentists to Declare Their Independence from the American Dental Association

By July 7, 2016Insights

DENVER, July 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Inspired by America’s Declaration of Independence, a group of dentists and other concerned healthcare professionals are calling on all general dentists in the United States to drop their membership in the American Dental Association.

TEAM 1500, a coalition of more than 1,500 healthcare providers and concerned citizens, issued the call on July 4, 2016, in response to more than a decade of what the group believes has been malfeasance on the part of the ADA’s Board of Trustees and the ADA’s influential committee chairs.

Channeling the original Declaration of Independence, which spelled out the complaints of the American colonists against the British Crown, TEAM 1500 members issued their own statement, declaring:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all dentists have equal standing, that they are endowed by their training with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are service to patients, dedication to safety, reliance on science, and commerce free of unreasonable interference.

“That to secure these rights, professional associations are instituted among individuals, deriving their just powers from the consent of the members.

“That whenever any Form of association becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the general membership to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new organization, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their public service and practice.

“Such has been the patient sufferance of general dentists; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of association.

“The history of the present ADA Board of Trustees and entrusted council chairs is a history of repeated self-dealing and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over the general membership.”

Read the full article here to learn the specific grievances cited.