Richard Lango May 30th, 2010
There is hardly anyone who would not like to get something for free. However, have you ever heard of the saying that ‘free is expensive’? Well, this is not just a cliché. If you are looking for a scheduler for your medical practice, you should resist the temptation to sign up for a free scheduler. You may discover that it not actually free when it is too late.
If you are searching for an online scheduler, you are likely to find many offers of free schedulers. If you can get such an important utility for free, why should you consider the paid ones?
The fact is that there is really nothing for free, which is not to say that you must pay for everything. However, even if you receive something for free, it means that someone somewhere has paid the cost. When it comes to the apparently free schedulers, who really pays the cost?
The people offering the free schedulers will tell you that they have other sources of generating revenue. What they do not tell you, however, is that the revenue actually comes from the so-called free scheduler.
Online schedulers contain a vast amount of data. Your scheduler will not just contain your personal information but also your patients’ data. The owners of the ‘free’ schedulers sell this data to make a lot of money. Unfortunately, this is a violation of privacy that will cost you dearly in the long run.
Instead of looking for a free scheduler, choose an online scheduler that will simply pay for itself. A good online scheduler will help you to recover your costs even before the end of your initial subscription. Such a medical appointment scheduler has several features that make it quite valuable. For example, it will include an automated reminder that will get in touch with your patients.
One of the major sources of revenue loss in medical practice is patient no-shows. An online scheduler that incorporates reminder software will help you to cut no-shows. When you consider the fact that the cost of such a medical appointment scheduler equals just one no-show, you will see how much you stand to gain. Cut just one no-show in a month and you have effectively paid for the service. Yet you know that you will cut more than one no-show.
Do not sacrifice your reputation by using a free scheduler. Get a scheduler that pays!