Calculating operating costs

I was recently asked the following question: how do we work out the operating costs per surgery per day?
My answer
The calculation is:

  • assume the practice is open and staffed but there are no fee-earners and no patients
  • costs DO NOT include lab and materials or associate/hygiene wages because no patients turned up
  • but costs are everything else needed to run the building, including staff wages

Calculate that figure and divide by number of full-time dental surgery days per annum.


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Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.